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Dr. Vivian Rhone-Lay

Dr. Vivian Rhone-Lay is proud to be the founding principal of Kathleen MacDonald High School and is excited to be a part of Santa Clara Unified School District. Dr. Rhone-Lay brings with her a wealth of experience in public education leadership. She has served as a dean of students at Foothill and Independence High schools, as an associate principal of educational development at Evergreen Valley High School, and most recently as a principal at Santa Teresa and Phoenix High schools in San Jose. 

Prior to that, Dr. Rhone-Lay has taught grades 8-12, served as an English department chair and new teacher induction coach, and was a teacher education instructor and program chair at UCSC Silicon Valley Extension. She has also worked on various research teams and was part of an award-winning software development team centered on the California High School Exit Exam.

Dr. Rhone-Lay has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Berkeley, an M.A. in Education from UCSB, and a Ph. D in Education from UCSB.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Dr. Rhone-Lay knew from a very young age that she wanted to be an educator. During the weekends, she enjoys long walks with her family, which includes her husband, a toddler, and her dog, Lulu.

Vice Principal

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Rick Hayashi

Rick Hayashi is honored to be the founding Vice-Principal at Kathleen MacDonald High School. He has been in education for over 25 years and combines his knowledge as an educational leader with his background as a mental health therapist.

Mr. Hayashi served as a Mental Health Counselor, School Counselor, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and Summer School Principal in the Campbell Union High School District. He takes a whole child approach when designing school systems and structures that include academic, behavior, and social-emotional growth and development.

Mr. Hayashi has his B.A. in Psychology at Long Beach State and an M.A. in School Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy at San Francisco State. He also earned an M.A. in Educational Leadership at San Jose State.

Born and raised in the bay area, Mr. Hayashi enjoys spending time with his family. Watching his 2 kids play high school football and lacrosse provides him a sense of joy and pride. In his spare time, he can be found hiking, mountain bike riding, or on a golf course. 

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Juan Gonzalez

Juan Gonzalez is incredibly excited to be a part of the founding team at MacDonald High School. He will be the Academic Counselor for our first class of incoming freshmen. Prior to MHS, Mr. Gonzalez served as a Dean of Students and an Assistant Principal at Del Mar High School. During his 16 years at Del Mar, Mr. Gonzalez’s empathy-driven approach to discipline and behavior-management, including staff-student mediation, and restorative practices had a tremendous positive impact on the culture of the school. He hopes to build on those same strategies to develop a caring, collaborative community at MHS. Prior to Del Mar, Mr. Gonzalez has served as a counselor at Yerba Buena, San Jose High, Willow Glen, and Westmont High Schools. 

A first generation student, Mr. Gonzalez looks back to the many educators who guided and supported him throughout his youth and hopes to provide the same kind of nurturing experiences and inspiration to the youth at MHS to reach their full potential and contribute positively to our society.

An East San Jose native who is happily married to Haydee Gonzalez, Mr. Gonzalez enjoys spending time with his three children and extended family.