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Barnes, James (650) 712-7200 ex.5040 Assistant Principal
Nazar, John (650) 712-7200 ex.5050 Principal
Zammit, Tiffany (650) 712-7200 ex.5030 Assistant Principal

John Nazar, Principal HMBHS



Mr. John Nazar is currently in his third year as principal of Half Moon
Bay High School. Serving as a high school social studies teacher for
17 years including six years at Half Moon Bay High (1995 - 2001),
nine years as Cunha assistant principal, and five as principal in 
San Carlos, he brings a wealth of educational experience and leadership
to the school.
Mr. Nazar grew up in San Francisco, graduating from Lowell High School.
He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and a minor in
Communications from California State University, Chico and his master's
degree in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University.
He has attended the Association of California School Administrators
Principals Academy at UCLA, and is consistently studying the latest 
research for best practices.
During his teaching tenure, among many things, he was a department
chair-person, modeled lessons for the County Office of Education
professional development program, was a class advisor, coached
numerous athletic teams, served as a master teacher for many student
teachers and proudly was awarded the HMBHS yearbook dedication
from the class of 2000.
As principal of Tierra Linda Middle School in San Carlos, his school was
recognized as a 2013 California Distinguished School. He also worked
closely with district leaders to develop a new comprehensive district strategic plan.
Mr. Nazar is a resident of Half Moon Bay, where his two children attended
Cabrillo Unified School District schools and are graduates of Half Moon Bay High School. He enjoys golfing, fishing, reading American history and running on the Coast Trail. 
He believes a collaborative school environment, working with teachers, staff, students, parents and 
community members is essential for creating an enriching educational experience.

Tiffany Zammit, Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction

My name is Tiffany Zammit and I have been apart of the Half Moon Bay High School Administrative team as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction for the last three years.  I have had the opportunity to lead the site in brining new courses forward each year that support our student interests and needs and look forward to supporting these programs going forward.  They include but are not limited to: Peer Helpers, Geometry in Construction, AVID II-IV, Sustainable Ag Biology, Ag Soil Chemistry, AP Human Geography, AP Psychology, AP Chemistry, Early College Art 401/405 concurrent with CSM, Early College US History concurrent with CSM, Advanced Broadcasting, Wood Tech I, Construction Tech I/II and Introduction to Music. As you can see we look to meet all students needs and this is true of every department on our campus.


This next year we will focus our efforts on building on our social emotional supports campus wide and continue to refine our work with the Common Core State Standards in ELA, mathematics, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). I also look forward to maintaining all the other support programs that come through my office on an annual basis, from Challenge Days and College Field Trips to standardized testing and student placement.

As a Pacifica native I look forward to continue my passion for learning by supporting the students, staff, and parents within the Half Moon Bay community. It has been a most wonderful 3 years and I look forward to the fourth!