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Pasadena High School

Mio Torres

Taylor Williams

Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day 2013
Pasadena High School
Principal: Mr. Gilbert Barraza

Principal Gilbert Barraza begins his 4th year at Pasadena High School. He is a very passionate leader moving the school forward in academics, athletics, fine arts and extracurricular activities. He is proud and honored to be the Pasadena High School Principal.
Mr. Barraza is currently entering his 24th year in public education. He received his Masters from the New Mexico State University in 2002 and his Bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1989. He has been an active Principal in California for Ten years. He began his teaching career as an English teacher and Activities Director at Hanks High School in El Paso, Texas in 1989.


Pasadena High School Accomplishments and Highlights:
√ Pasadena High School named as a US News and World Report 2013 Best Highs School Silver Medalist
√ National Merit Semi Finalists 2014, 2013 & 2012
√ Transition to Common Core Standards led by teachers
√ Celebrated a 97% Graduation Rate
√ Student Attendance Rate is over 93%
√ Boys Varsity Basketball team are once again Pacific League Champions
√ Track and Field CIF Finalists and CIF All Stars in Swimming
√ Varsity Boys Baseball, Girls Varsity Volleyball, Girls Varsity Water Polo, Boys Varsity Soccer, and Girls
        Varsity Basketball all placed in the Pacific League
√ Expansion of the AP Program – now offering AP Environmental Science and AP Statistics
√ The highest secondary CELDT scores in the district and reclassification of EL Learners
√ PUSD Math Field Day Champions, 5 Years Straight
√ Two Pathways, The App Academy and Law and Public Service Pathway, celebrated a successful first year and
        are growing strong
√ The S3 Student Achievement Program celebrated a successful first year, met targets for student, staff, and
        parent surveys
√ Revitalization of NAVY CADET Program

Number of Students: 2,000

Grade Configuration: 9-12

Community Partners: Rowe & Gale Giessen Trust, The Light Bringer Project, PCI, San Gabriel Fine Arts, PCC, El Molino Gallery, Pasadena Heritage, Pasadena Cultural Affairs, Armory Center for the Arts, Swain’s Graphics, Wearable Art, Art Center. Mid Valley Arts League, Baughman Printing, Avery Dennison, Cal State L.A., O’Malley International Assoc., Litho Supply, Green Street Press, Typecraft Wood & Jones, DADS

Clubs and Organizations: Armenian Club; Black Student Union; Diversity; Fishing; LASA/Mecha; French; World Music & Drumming; CSF; ART; Yearbook; Upward Bound; Pep Squad; MESA; Club Beta; Drama; Impact; Spanish Club, Instrumental Music; and Associated Student Body

Academic Performance Index (API): 757 Clubs and Organizations: Armenian Club; Black Student Union; Diversity; Fishing; LASA/Mecha; French; World Music & Drumming; CSF; ART; Yearbook; Upward Bound; Ski Club; Pep Squad; MESA; Club Beta; Drama; Impact; Instrumental Music; and Associated Student Body

Academic Performance Index (API): 757   

Principal for a Day: Ivy Sun
LA Chapter Chairperson International Leadership Foundation

EDUCATION
1977 – 1979            MA in Education, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA Elementary school curriculum and instruction, child development, classroom management, interpersonal relationship, and parenting skills.

1971 – 1975            BA in English Language and Literature, National Taiwan University,

Taipei, Taiwan.

 

PROFESSIONAL  EXPERIENCE

1990 – 2012            Executive Administrator, South Hills Academy, West Covina, CA

1988 – 2003            Owner and Administrator, Creative Child Preschool, San Gabriel, CA

1981 – 1983            Elementary school teacher, Alhambra School District, Alhambra, CA

 

CREDENTIAL AND CERTIFICATE

June 2010            The 7- Habit Signature Facilitator Certificate

May 2010        The Leader in Me Facilitator Certificate

June 1979            Teaching Credential in Multicultural and Multilingual Education, CA (life)

Teaching Credential in Single Subject-English, CA (life)

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

1991 – present            Association of Christian School International

1975 – present            Association of Childhood Education International

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES

 

2011-present  Chairperson, LA Chapter of International Leadership Foundation

2005 – 2009            Board member, Partner in Education, Cal Poly Pomona, CA

2004 – present            Board Director, South Hills Academy Foundation, CA

2003                        President, National Taiwan University Alumni Association in So. California

2000 – 2004            Board Director, National Taiwan University Alumni Association in So. California

1993 – present            Supervisor, Chinese American Education Association of Southern California

1991 – 1992            Board Director, San Marino Chamber of Commerce, CA

1991                        President, Chinese Club of San Marino, San Marino, CA

1990 – present            Commissioner, LA County Commission of Landmark and Records, LA, CA

1985 – 1989            Chairperson/Co-founder, San Gabriel-Chang Hwa Sister City Committee, San

Gabriel, CA

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