Longtime Dos Pueblos teacher Bethany Bodenhamer named interim Dean of Student Engagement

Photo of Bethany BodenhamerDos Pueblos teacher Bethany Bodenhamer has been appointed as the interim Dean of Student Engagement at Dos Pueblos High School. Her first day in the role is January 21, 2020.

Bodenhamer joined Santa Barbara Unified in 2008 as a Social Studies and English teacher at Dos Pueblos and has enjoyed serving in a variety of teaching roles including all levels of Social Studies courses, multiple English courses, and in the Academy for Student Success program. She has spent the last three years serving as a Government and Economics teacher and Literacy and Instructional Coach.

“I consider it an honor and privilege to serve the Dos Pueblos community in this role,” Bodenhamer said. “I look forward to supporting students, families, and staff in building and maintaining strong relationships between all stakeholders to ensure student success. It is my goal for all students on our campus to truly feel that they are seen, cared for, and known.”

Bodenhamer is also an instructor in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education’s Teacher Education Program (TEP) where she teaches Classroom Management for Secondary Education. She has served as supervisor and mentor to all UCSB student teachers placed at Dos Pueblos and enjoys seeing the passion and enthusiasm of our newest educators.

Dos Pueblos Principal William Woodard called Bodenhamer one of the campuses most respected and beloved teachers, and one who has long had her eye on growing into a leadership role.

“This interim Dean of Students position will give her ample experience to prepare her for job opportunities down the road. In addition, our teaching staff is strongly behind her stepping into this role due to the strong relationships she has developed with them, and her potential to lead in the area of student engagement,” Woodard said.

A Goleta native, Bodenhamer received her Administrative Credential through the Santa Barbara County Education Office. She graduated from UCSB with with her BA in History and Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Education.

She and her husband are raising three energetic young sons. While not teaching, learning, or attempting to tire out her boys, Bodenhamer says she enjoys working out at a local CrossFit gym, reading memoirs and narrative nonfiction, and exploring the beautiful Santa Barbara outdoors from the mountains to the sea.