I am a proud 5th year principal of an up and coming middle school, a father of 2-year-old daughter, a husband to a High School Teacher, and an aspiring leadership coach. In my hard to find spare time, I like to dabble in hip-hop, basketball, and travel the world. I also love to write.
I want to help you be a radical leader; an engineer for equity. I believe that leaders (second only to incredible teachers) are the key factor in changing the outcomes for students. I am passionate about leadership and social justice. I want to support you to build a bridge between your commitment to equity and your mission of empowering all students. I want to connect like-minded individuals to harness our collective strength, learn faster together, and empower our schools. This will connect critical pedagogy, change management, and design thinking. I hope that leadership can be your tool for transforming schools, for the benefit of our children.
Detailed Background and Experiences
I am in my fifth year as Principal of Visitacion Valley Middle School in SFUSD. I bring fifteen years of experience working with public K-12 students, combining teaching, coaching, counseling, curriculum development, and school administration. I have extensive experience working in Title 1 schools serving low-income, immigrant, students of color.
Originally, born and raised in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, I grew up in a single-parent home, after losing my father at the age of five. I attended public schools (Spring Valley, Francisco, Lowell) in SFUSD and found my solace in my studies. I later studied the Spanish Language at UC Berkeley in the early 2000s.
I continued my education through the Urban Teacher Training Collaborative and received my Master’s in Teaching from Tufts University, in Boston. I then returned to teach High School Spanish in Oakland. After becoming a lead teacher, with Envision Schools, I returned to pursue an Administrator’s Credential through the UC Berkeley PLI program. There I conducted my Leadership Action Research Project on the effects of Culturally Relevant Curricula in a small urban high school.
I later returned to SFUSD, as a high school Assistant Principal at the Academy San Francisco, before becoming the Principal of Visitacion Valley Middle School. At VVMS, I introduced a vision focused on Love, Literacy, and Liberation. There I have worked to decrease student referrals, increase performance on the SBAC English Language Arts and double 6th-grade enrollment. During my tenure, I worked to bring in a focus on culturally responsive teaching, project-based learning, and trauma-sensitive practices. I also worked to redesign our master/bell schedule.
In addition to leading school transformation at VVMS, I was a member of the steering committee of the SFUSD Superintendent’s Leadership Fellows, an enclave of Social Justice leaders in the SFUSD. Through the Fellows, I helped to design leadership development for administrators in SFUSD. I have led EdTalks, Learning Academies, Workshops, and Professional Development. These experiences provide me with keen insight into effective tools for school transformation and leadership support.