Michele Crncich Hodge comes to La Tercera Elementary School with a robust and diverse educational career spanning over 21 years in three states; Oregon, Nevada and California.  “After nearly two years as principal, I continue to be thrilled to collaborate with such a dedicated, diverse and student-centered group of educators  and parents working to create rich, hands-on learning experiences for all our students.”  Immediately prior to starting as Principal of La Tercera Elementary School, the first STEM elementary school in Sonoma County, Mrs. Hodge shared her passion for educational equity and excellence in a variety of educational positions in Marin County as teacher, district association president, Dominican University supervisory educator and educational leader on the Marin Promise collective impact focusing on educational equity issue in Marin.  She is currently taking leadership courses through Brandman University and is excited to pursue her dream of earning a doctorate in Educational Leadership, to begin in 2016.

Mrs. Hodge shares her value of collaborative leadership, the cornerstone of various initiatives she has led.  She developed a leadership team which embarked on a Design Thinking process to define the school STEM focus resulting in the adoption of project-based learning Science unit design, aligned across all grade levels TK-6th , and a master plan for a STEM outdoor learning space.  A full-time science teacher has been added to staff as well as instructional coaching support. Marketing and branding involving all stakeholders has resulted in a clear vision of La Tercera’s identity as a STEM school. 

A school culture of inclusivity and caring is an important part of the student experience at La Tercera Elementary School.  Communication is ongoing and varied, including monthly student run assemblies attended by students and parents,  Sunday evening  phone blasts and texts to families  about the week ahead, a Monday morning  student council/principal “missive” to the entire school,   a dynamic school website and Facebook page and daily Tweets. 

Michele Crncich Hodge began her career in education as a teacher at White City Elementary School in White City, OR where she taught for three years in the upper elementary grades. She continued as a reading specialist, upper elementary classroom teacher, and teacher leader in Washoe County in Nevada and in the Dixie District in Marin County before her move to La Tercera.

Michele Crncich Hodge brings a strong business background to her administrative work through experience in real estate budget analysis and property management.  She received her high school diploma from Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, CA; BA in Economics and French from the University of California at UC Berkeley and MA with a focus on Reading from the University of Southern Oregon. Mrs. Hodge brings her tireless enthusiasm and passion for dynamic and engaging student learning experiences  daily to her work.

August 10, 2015

Dear La Tercera Families,

We are so excited to see you August 19th!


This is one of three letters I will write you and post on our website for this school year. This welcome letter is chock full of important beginning school information, so take a seat, relax and enjoy!  In my letter I want to share with you about…

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