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Dr. Martin Casas honored as Secondary Principal of the Year

Left to right: Dr. Anne Staffieri, superintendent; Kevin Myers, assistant principal; Jesse Hayes, academic dean; Andrew Clark, athletic director; Dr. Martin Casas, principal; Dr. April Moore, assistant superintendent of educational services; Jennifer Medeiros, teacher; Dr. Olga West, assistant superintendent of human resources; Amy Buttweiler, teacher; Penny Parker, assistant principal.

The Escondido Union High School District this week announced that Dr. Martin Casas is being honored as Secondary Principal of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), Region 18 for San Diego and Imperial counties.

He will receive the award at the 18th Annual ACSA Honoring Our Own Awards Dinner in San Diego on April 25.

According to the ACSA, “Dr. Martin Casas’ leadership style is one that concentrates on working collaboratively towards a common goal. His strong commitment to make students’ dreams for life after high school a reality, coupled with years of teaching and administrative experiences make him an outstanding choice for the award of Secondary Principal of the Year.”

EUHSD Supt. Dr. Anne Staffieri wrote the following description of Dr. Casas in her letter of nomination: “Throughout his tenure, Dr. Casas has ensured students are provided with a high quality, engaging learning environment in which they are encouraged, inspired, and supported in their pursuit of college, career, and life readiness. His energy, innovation, and vision, coupled with a collaborative leadership style, has led to a thriving culture of risk-taking and equity for all students, truly preparing them for their future success.”

Dr. Casas was instrumental in leading two EUSHD high schools, including San Pasqual High School, as they joined the CARPE College Access Network funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rodrigo Arancibia, Director of CARPE, shared the following about his leadership:

According to ACSA, “Dr. Casas has earned his wisdom through the growing pains of implementing new ideas onto a campus. Whether it’s asking teachers to re-imagine tardy policies or digging into discussions about equitable outcomes as they relate to race, Dr. Casas stands true to his heart and conviction that students deserve adults in their lives who care. As we look forward to the work that lies ahead, with our network and the field as a whole, the CARPE College Access Network and all of its associate partners are grateful for energy, effort, and enthusiasm Dr. Casas brings to his work. Our network is stronger because of him and our field is better because of him.”

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