Eric Anhalt has replaced Sarah Medler as principal of White Oak Elementary School in Westlake Village. The announcement of the new leadership was made by Las Virgenes Unified Unified School District Superintendent, Dan Stepenosky at the July 22 school board meeting.
A 12 - year employee of LVUSD, Anhalt began his teaching career at Lindero Canyon Middle School. Later, at Calabasas High School, he handled additional responsibilities as the school's special education coordinator and dean of attendance and discipline.
In 2007, Anhalt became assistant principal at Calabasas High School, directing the athletic department, student activities programs and student discipline plans. He also piloted a new technology plan.
In 2012, he landed the job of assistant principal at Lindero Canyon Middle School, where he conducted teacher and classified employee evaluations, administered individualized education coverage and compliance plans, and supervised the emergency drills and law enforcement initiatives.
Anhalt created the Positive Behavior Student Recognition Plan at Lindero, and also helped secure funding for the school's science, technology, engineering, arts and math program. He was also the man behind the opening of Lindero's online student store.
“Eric has earned a reputation as a sensitive and effective communicator, gaining the trust and admiration of students, parents, colleagues and administrators,” Stepenosky said. “Eric’s extensive administrative background and his steadfast commitment to educational excellence made him the ideal choice for White Oak.”
Anhalt is looking forward to the challenge of his new post and has identified a few goals for his first year on the job. He said that, like every other district school, they'll be focusing on setting up the new Common Core Standards. "However, as important as that goal is, " he said, "my personal goal for year one is establishing and developing genuine relationships with all of our stakeholders. At the end of the day, we are in a relationship business, and without healthy, positive relationships with students, staff, parents and community memebers, all other goals will be difficult to achieve."
"I have met with and sought the advice of the previous two White Oak principals at length, whose leadership goes back over the past decade, and I am familiar with the staff that I will be working with. They are an outstanding team and I feel strongly that they are the greatest strength of the school. My primary task is to support our staff so that they can do the incredible work that they do with our kids in the classroom and on our campus.
Anhalt earned a bachelor's degree in organizational behavior from Stanford University, an MBA from Pepperdine University and has teaching and administrative credentials from California Lutheran University.