About Us

Principal:  Risha Krishna

Assistant Principal:  Vanessa Hayden


Dear Cougar Families,

It is my privilege to serve you, as Newark junior high school’s  new principal for the 2020-2021 school year. I am so excited about this opportunity and the chance to meet all of you. While I lived and worked in the tri-city area, I was part of the Newark community for over 20 years.  Our friends, my children’s baseball teams, basketball games and high school tennis matches brought many opportunities to be involved in the Newark community. Newark junior high school is a pillar in its community and it’s my goal to support all students with their academics and social/ emotional well-being and to provide staff with resources necessary to meet our students’ needs. 

 I have been fortunate to have many wonderful experiences as an educator. I have served as a middle school principal, a vice principal at k-8 IB school and developed and taught a class for high school students called Ethnic Studies. I concurrently served as a commissioner for the State of California  and built a summer international student travel program to Europe and internships at Stanford University’s  Martin Luther King Institute. I am proud to support experiential learning.

It is my goal to continue and build on the good work that’s taking place at NJHS. I am committed to ensuring that all opportunities are provided for students. We are in this together and we will make this a fantastic school year! Parents, staff and students all work as a triangle of strength towards bringing excellent results for our students. 

 Please know my door is always open. I would love to see/meet you and have a conversation.


Principal Krishna