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Del Lago’s Principal Nuthall to be honored

Del Lago Academy Principal Keith Nuthall.

Classroom of the Future Foundation, a local nonprofit organization that works to ensure San Diego students are prepared to thrive in a competitive global society, will hold its annual Innovation in Education Awards on May 24 to recognize local educators using dynamic teaching practices that prepare students for the future.

Principal of Del Lago Academy, Campus of Applied Science within Escondido Unified School District, Keith Nuthall, will be one of the awardees and receive the Foundation’s Career Pathways Educator of the Year Award, which acknowledges educators working to prepare students for the workforce.

The award honors an education leader who is dedicated to developing programs that help students graduate with not just a diploma, but also with a greater understanding of the technical and essential skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce. Nuthall is a leader in this area and has directed national, state, and local educational career pathway initiatives.

Keith Nuthall is currently the principal of Del Lago Academy – Campus of Applied Science. Hired to lead the development of Escondido’s newest high school in July 2011, Nuthall worked with the Escondido community and local health and biotechnology industry leaders to establish the school’s mission and core beliefs.

Prior to coming to Del Lago, he was the principal at Del Dios Middle School and served as the Director of Assessment for the San Diego County Office of Education.

Earlier in his career, Nuthall directed national, state, and local educational initiatives in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, Public Broadcasting Systems (PBS), National School Boards Association, and U.S. Department of Education.  He also served for 12 years as a high school science teacher. In his free time, Keith enjoys racing small sailboats, riding road bikes, and casting elk hair caddis flies in knee-deep streams.

Asked for his reaction to the honor, Nuthall told The Times-Advocate: “I am honored to accept the award on behalf of Del Lago scholars, families, staff, and industry partners. We are grateful for the Classroom of the Future’s commitment to our young people and their future. “

With almost one-third of students nationwide graduating without the skills necessary to succeed in a competitive workforce, Classroom of the Future Foundation is hosting its 14th Annual Innovation in Education Awards to recognize local educators and programs that are preparing San Diego County students with the skills required for their future careers.

Ten awards will be given out at the awards ceremony, which will take place on May 24 at 4 p.m. at SeaWorld.

“Each year, the foundation recognizes local classroom leaders and programs that expand student learning through innovative teaching techniques,” said James Wright, CEO at Classroom of the Future Foundation. “This year’s awardees exemplify the unique ways local students are learning to thrive in today’s competitive, global society.”

The following recipients will be honored at the awards event:

For more information or to attend the event, call 858-292-3685 or visit

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