Administrative Staff

Anamarie Mendez, Principal
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I am the oldest of four children, daughter of retired field worker parents, born and raised in Delano and attended Delano schools from elementary to high school. I relocated to Los Angeles upon graduating high school; I earned an Associates degree in Liberal Arts from Los Angeles Mission College, a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from California State Northridge, a Teaching Credential and BCLAD Certification through the Los Angeles Unified District (LAUSD) Intern Program, and taught K-2nd grades in my first two years in LAUSD at Pacoima Elementary.  I then returned back to Delano to marry and to continue my teaching career closer to home.  I taught for McFarland Unified and Delano Union School District (DUSD) from 1995-2004; I taught at the elementary levels and also served as a Migrant Resource Teacher for several years. I earned my Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration and my Administrative Credential from California State University Bakersfield while working and raising my growing family which included three young daughters at the time.  My administrative career began in 2004 in DUSD as an Assistant Principal at various schools in the district, and then I was appointed to principal in 2010 in the same district; she held that position for eight years and most recently at the district-dependent Charter Language Academy, with the unique offering of a dual-language program.  


I am excited to join the Richland School District Team!  My recent move to Bakersfield, where I live with my three daughters, ages 21, 20 and 17, puts me much closer to home now and the small-town feel of Shafter reminds me of my childhood days of Delano, long ago.  I have already met so many amazing district teachers, support staff, parents and students when I worked as the Summer School principal this summer.  The goals that I have coming into Golden Oak Elementary are to, first, honor the hard work, dedication and accomplishments that are the hallmark of the Golden Oak Tiger family.  I plan to be of service to my entire Tiger Team-- from our teachers, the instructional staff, to all of our support staff, both certificated and classified-- by doing everything in my power to support, lead, coach, inspire, mentor, train, praise and encourage them in whichever role they play because it all links back to every student learning at high levels.  I will also be visible, available and responsive to the parents and students that I serve so that they feel welcomed and safe at Golden Oak Elementary.  An improved attendance rate for students is a prime goal because I firmly believe that attendance is directly tied to achievement.  My mantra will be:  when they are here at school, they will learn.  Ultimately, my goal for Golden Oak Elementary is to provide a safe, secure and exciting learning environment where all students learn at high levels.  I thank you, in advance, for your support and I look forward to getting to know the teachers, staff, students, parents and community that I serve.  Please stop by and say “hi”. 

Raymond Carr, Assistant Principal
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Raymond Carr grew up in Bakersfield and attended West High School. He earned his BA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After graduating, he moved to South Korea to teach English. The experience motivated him to come back home and earn his teaching credential from CSUB. After teaching language arts at Mojave and Norris for seven years, he and his wife decided to move, once again, to South Korea and open a private tutoring business. With Raymond's oldest daughter nearing kindergarten age, he and his family decided to move back to the US after two years, and he began teaching language arts at Richland Junior High. These past two year at Richland have been his most enjoyable in education. The students, parents, staff, and community are absolutely amazing. He has been able participate in many ways beyond the classroom, such as coaching students in the Oral Language Festival and being a member of the PBIS team. As the assistant principal at Golden Oak, Raymond hopes to continue helping students improve and achieve more, both academically and personally.