San Leandro USD

Tradition and Innovation

Dr. Sonal Patel

Dr. Sonal Patel

Dr. Sonal Patel was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services as of June 2018. Over her many years in San Leandro Unified, Dr. Patel has served as an elementary classroom teacher, literacy specialist, instructional coach, high school associate principal, director, and senior director. With a passion for school reform work, Dr. Patel is excited to integrate current shifts in the national landscape of education in a way that centers authentic learning for students, promotes teacher leadership, innovative professional development, and community engagement.

Dr. Patel has a B.A. in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz, an M.A, in Education from UC Berkeley, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay. She has her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Bilingual certification in Spanish and an Administrative Services Credential. She currently serves as a continuing lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education, teaching in the Berkeley Educators for Equity and Excellence program.