- About Us
It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed principal of Vista del Mar K-8 School. I feel privileged and honored to become a middle school "Mako" and serve the school and community for years to come. I look forward to continuing the traditions and work that make Vista Del Mar Middle School, soon to be K-8, a special place for all students to learn and grow socially and academically.
I have been in education for twenty-eight years. I began my career as a fifth grade teacher and have taught both primary and intermediate grades. I started my administrative career as an Assistant Principal for Hastings Middle School in Fairhaven, MA and Santan K-8 in Chandler, AZ. I have had the privilege to open up Copper Basin K-8 School in Florence, AZ and Creekside Elementary School K-5 in Danville, CA. I have been a Director of Curriculum and Instructional Technology in the San Ramon Unified School District. Finally, I have been with the Capistrano Unified School District for nine years where I served as a Principal at Concordia Elementary School and my present position as Principal at Wood Canyon Elementary School.
I was born and raised in Massachusetts. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Broadcast Journalism from University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. I have a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) from Bridgewater University in Bridgewater, MA. However, my biggest accomplishment is being a father and husband. I have been married twenty years to my wife, Luana, and I have two children. My son, Kaeden is a Sophomore at University of North Dakota and my daughter, Maile, is in the sixth grade at Stonegate Elementary School in Irvine.
As an experienced educator, I understand the importance of a positive school culture which is created by building strong relationships with staff, students, parents and community partners. I look forward to collaborating with all of you to ensure the social, emotional and academic needs of ALL students continue at VDMS K-8.
Feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Go Makos!
The California Department of Education identified Vista del Mar Elementary School as a Distinguished School, Gold Ribbon School and 2015, 2018, and 2019 California Honor Roll School.
Congratulations to our teachers, students and parents for their hard work, dedication, and passion for learning! We have all known what a great school we have in our community and it is even better to know that the State has honored us for our efforts. Vista del Mar is committed to providing our children with the best educational tools and thinking skills to prepare them for their future.
In addition, the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE), has recognized Vista del Mar Elementary School as an Honor Roll school for the 2015, 2018, and 2019 California Honor Roll.
Way to go Makos!