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Headshot Melissa Sackett

AUSD welcomes two new secondary assistant principals to this year.


We’re pleased to introduce two new site administrators to the AUSD community this year: Robert Picciotto and Melissa Sackett.

Mr. Picciotto will serve as the new Assistant Principal at Wood Middle School. He most

Headshot of Robert Picciotta

recently worked as a principal at John Muir Middle School in San Leandro Unified School District. Before that, he was the vice principal at John Muir, a teacher on special assignment at San Lorenzo Unified School District, and a middle school middle and high school English and world languages teacher.

He received his Bachelor’s degree  in comparative literature from Brown University, and both a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from CSU East Bay and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from SF State University. He is fluent in Spanish, Italian, and French.

Headshot Melissa Sackett

Ms. Sackett will serve as the new Assistant Principal at Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School. She most recently worked as a vice principal at Hart Middle School in Pleasanton. Before that, she was the Head Counselor and chair of the Academic Counseling Department at Alhambra High School/Martinez Junior High School.  

She received her Bachelor’s degree  in counseling from Evergreen State College, her Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Saint Martin’s University, and her Administrative Services Credential from CSU East Bay. 

We welcome them both to our district!