MARTINEZ -- Rose Bright, a longtime educator with the West Contra Costa Unified School District, is the new vice principal of Martinez Junior High School.

Bright replaces Jessica Conkle, who took over as principal of John Muir Elementary in August. Bright worked in West Contra Costa for 12 years as a middle school social studies teacher, instruction specialist and district librarian, among other roles.

Bright has a Bachelor of Arts degree in late medieval and Renaissance studies from UC Santa Cruz and a Master's Degree in library and information science from San Jose State University.

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