Kirk Black, Ed.D.

Phone: 650-558-2208

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Kirk Black, Ed.D.

Deputy Superintendent, Human Resources and Student Services

Kirk Black, Ed.D. has been in education for 25 years.  His career has included assignments at many levels of education.  He began his career as a middle school teacher at Hill Middle School in the Novato Unified School District, before transitioning to high school at San Francisco’s Galileo Academy of Science and Technology.  There, he worked for eight years as a science and P.E. teacher, department chair, multi-sport coach, and teacher union area representative.  Following his time at Galileo, he served as Dean of the Freshmen Focus Program at Berkeley High School and then as Assistant Principal of San Marin High School back in Novato Unified.

Kirk arrived at SMUHSD in 2001 when he was hired as an Assistant Principal of Aragon High School.  The following year, he became the Principal of Aragon.  After six years, Kirk became the Associate Superintendent of Human Resources and Administrative Services and in 2015 was promoted to Deputy Superintendent.  Kirk has earned a Doctorate of Education degree and a Juris Doctorate degree.  He lives in San Mateo with his partner and their three daughters who will be attending District high schools in the future.

 Liz McManus

Phone: 650-558-2203

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Liz McManus

Deputy Superintendent Business Services

Elizabeth McManus has been Deputy Superintendent, Business Services of the San Mateo Union High School District since 2006. She oversees fiscal services, purchasing, facility use, student nutrition, risk management, maintenance, operations, transportation, construction, labor negotiations and fleet management.  Liz has been in education for the past 24 years.

Prior to joining San Mateo Union High School District in 2006, she served other public education, nonprofit corporations, and private firms. She is a board member for six organizations.  In addition to her 24 years in public education, Liz spent 12 years in the private sector and with non-profit corporations including roles involving strategic planning for Rockwell International, field accounting for Pepsico and operations for U.S. Sprint.

Liz received her undergraduate degree from Cal Poly and her masters degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She resides in San Mateo with her three dogs and has two grown children.

 Julia Kempkey, Ed. D.

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Julia Kempkey, Ed. D.

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

Julia Kempkey, Ed. D. was born and raised in Wisconsin. Directly after college, she moved out west and began her teaching career in Lake Tahoe at Incline Middle School. After a few years, she accepted a job at New Technology High School in Napa as a Political Studies teacher. During her time at New Tech, she served as a leader teacher and project-based learning coach for her staff.

Julia began her administrative career in 2010 when she accepted a job as a school site administrator in Novato Unified School District. During her eight years in NUSD, she served at both high schools, Novato High School and San Marin High School before moving to the district office as the Director of Instructional Technology. From there, she moved into the Instruction department where she served as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Innovation for the last five years. Julia joined SMUHSD as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in July 2018. 

Julia received her undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin at Madison and her Doctorate of Education degree from UC Berkeley with a focus on technology-infused instruction. She recently moved San Mateo with her husband, young daughter and infant son.