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Lattig, Ferreira Assume Leadership Posts
Two new administrators are on the job in the Escalon Unified School District this year ... one making a move to a different post within the district and one accepting his first job with Escalon.

David Lattig makes the move to serve as assistant principal at Escalon High School, moving from his post as Van Allen Elementary and Vista High principal. Taking Lattig's place in the dual principal post is Scott Ferreira.

Lattig is in his seventh year with Escalon, starting as a teacher here in 2001. He taught psychology and world history and also coached football as a JV assistant for one year, was girls JV basketball coach for two years and assisted one year with JV baseball.

He spent the last two years in the Van Allen-Vista role and now is embracing his position at the high school.

"It's always been kind of a goal of mine, to go that route," he said of getting into administration.

Prior to joining the Escalon staff, Lattig taught at Modesto Christian.

"Van Allen and Vista gave me a good experience as a first time administrative position," Lattig explained. "You still have all the responsibilities but on a much smaller scale ... it was a good introductory post, I got to work with the public, work with the kids, the parents."

At Escalon High, he will serve as assistant principal under the guidance of principal Joel Johannsen. Lattig will handle much of the disciplinary issues among students and will also work with the Associated Student Body officers to plan rallies, Homecoming, formals and a variety of student activities.

"That's nice, it helps counterbalance the negativity that sometimes comes with being the disciplinarian," Lattig explained.

He also plans on taking a proactive approach to student behavioral problems, trying to help the students determine what created the problem or behavior issues that got them into trouble, then devise a plan to correct it.

"I will hold the kids accountable," Lattig said, "but also help them make the right choices in the future, look for a positive outcome.

"Any student that comes through my door, I want to give them the direction to be successful."

Lattig attended Modesto Junior College and Stanislaus State and earned his Masters from Chapman University.

"My last year teaching here, they gave me the opportunity to do administrative intern work," Lattig explained of getting started on his career path. "It's an honor and a privilege to be back here working with Joel."

Lattig and his wife have four children, three of them are enrolled at Van Allen and the youngest is not quite three.

Scott Ferreira attended Escalon schools from kindergarten through his senior year, graduating from Escalon High in 1994. He went on to Cal State Hayward and earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

He started his career teaching physical education at St. Anthony's in Manteca, teaching kindergarten through eighth grade students. He was there for a year, then taught fourth through sixth grade phys ed in Denair for a year. From there, it was an eight-year association at the Jefferson School District in Tracy, four as the phys ed teacher for fourth through sixth grades, one year as a fifth grade teacher in a self-contained classroom and the final three years as vice principal.