Principal Brad Baker will certainly be among the new faces at Dana Hills Senior High School when institution starts on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Baker, that for the past three years has been principal at Shorecliffs Intermediate school in San Clemente, was designated to the placement by Capistrano Unified Institution District Board of Trustees on July 1. He replaces Josh Porter, who is currently an aide superintendent in the Temple City Unified Institution District in Los AngelesCounty.
Baker, 42, has operated in the area in different abilities for 16 years, consisting of as an instructor, tasks director and principal. In this duty as principal at Shorecliffs, Baker developed a process around finding out that has now infected other CUSD institutions.
“Dr. Baker’s efforts to involve trainees in conversations regarding means to boost the institution experience has actually made a significant effect on Shorecliffs,” stated Trustee Martha McNicholas, a CUSD board trustee. “His collaborative collaborate with both the personnel as well as moms and dad community will remain to move Dana Hills High School in a positive, innovative, as well as student-focused direction.”
Baker is also an adjunct professor at Concordia University. He got his bachelor of arts degree from Azusa Pacific College, his master’s degree from Chapman Collegeand also his postgraduate degree from the College of Southern The Golden State.
In a meeting with the Register, Baker, a grad of San Clemente High Institution’s class of 1996, discusses challenges and the future year.
Q. You come to Dana Hills Secondary School from Shorecliffs Center School. What do you expect will be the biggest modification in supervising senior high school trainees?
Baker: Normally the students’ maturity level is greater in secondary school, so having the ability to get in touch with them on life objectives and locating genuine success for them in their area and also in their world.
Q. What are you most anticipating?
Baker: Building solid connections that promote positive development for everyone at Dana Hills High School. I’m also eagerly anticipating the extracurricular activities and also partnering with the city to proceed to build a stronger school-to-community connection.
Q. What do you anticipate to be the most difficult?
Baker: To rapidly be familiar with everybody on an authentic degree. Comprehending the genuine needs of pupils, personnel, and also moms and dads. Although challenging it is what I such as to do finest.
Q. What recommendations would certainly you provide to parents of freshmen starting at Dana Hills?
Baker: I would certainly say change is hard; however, I would motivate them to assess all the turning points in their youngsters’s lives and also recognize that they have actually achieved numerous things through those minutes. I additionally would encourage parents to be entailed and asked the pupils inquiries. Be authentically interested about them and also motivate them, show them to self-advocate.
Q. Talk a bit regarding your history — — why did you pick an occupation in education and learning?
Baker: I really think that for a trainee to accomplish their possibility, they should be treated with respect and be urged to be challenged with good direction. Every pupil can be motivated to discover as soon as these elements are combined.
Among my major locations of focus is to promote excellent direction to ensure that the knowing experience for all students is boosted. My objective as an instructor is to broaden pupils’ educational possibilities and also supply an authentic feeling of success daily.
Q. What’s your favored senior high school memory? What’s your worst?
Baker: My best memories of high institution were my participation with athletics, and connections with trains, as well as instructors. If I had to pick one moment I would certainly need to claim it was throughout my elderly year when we beat the protecting high institution nationwide champion football group from Mater Dei High College. No person truly offered us a possibility because game but we came out with each other with a solid plan, An idea we could win, and also dedication per various other. All of this led to a significant upset and a life lesson for me that with a cumulative strategy, trusted teammates, and also a dedication to an objective anything is feasible! My purpose is to make use of these life lessons to lead others to achieve their goals as well as dreams.
There was a minute in secondary school where I realized that a four-year college was not going to remain in the cards for me after my senior year. This was a hard minute where I had a selection to make. I could’ve quickly picked a course of loss, nonetheless, I utilized the minute as inspiration to obtain much better. Turning the setback right into a comeback has actually always been my technique of operation.
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