Classes at the Escondido Union High School’s campuses began August 16.
The Escondido Union High School District Wednesday welcomed back students for the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Teachers, aides, maintenance workers, counselors, support staff, nutrition personnel, administrators and others were busy preparing for the start of classes.
Enrollment was about 7,439 students, fairly consistent with the previous year’s enrollment figures. The district includes Escondido, Orange Glen and San Pasqual High Schools, as well as Valley High School (continuation) and Del Lago Academy-Campus of Applied Science.
Taking the helm as principal of Escondido High School this year is Adriana Lepe-Ramirez. She has over 20 years of experience as an educator, having served as an administrator for the last 9 years with the Perris Union High School District. Most recently, she was the assistant principal of Paloma Valley High School (for three years) and assistant principal at Perris High School (6 years). She was the lead on “Kick Off to College” day for students and parents, as well as coordinated the school safety and crisis intervention team. Previously, she worked as both administrator and teacher in the Los Angeles area. Adriana was the administrator of the College Ready Academy High School #7 of Watts. She also taught history at Soledad Enrichment Action Charter School in South Gate for six years.
Mrs. Lepe-Ramirez attended California State University Los Angeles, earning a Bachelor’s degree in social science with an option in history. She also completed her single subject teaching credential at this college. Subsequently, Mrs. Lepe-Ramirez attended California State University Sacramento, attaining her administrative credential, as well as a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership with a focus on Urban Leadership. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Educational Leadership through a joint doctoral program with University of California San Diego and California State University San Marcos. Her research and dissertation is focused on the implementation and effectiveness of Professional
Learning Communities in high schools. She will finish her program in the coming year.
Del Lago Academy – Campus of Applied Science is also welcoming a new principal, Ruth Hellams. With over 15 years of educational leadership experience at the secondary level, along with extensive training and knowledge in the latest research and innovations in curriculum, instruction and assessment, Ruth Hellams has been selected to serve as Interim Principal for Del Lago Academy – Campus of Applied Science.
For the past ten years, she has been the director of curriculum and professional development; a critical role in preparing students to be college and career ready. With a focus on academic success for every student, Mrs. Hellams, has designed and delivered high quality professional learning experiences for administrators, teachers and classified personnel incorporating current research and student performance data, along with the Escondido Union High School District’s (EUHSD) goals and initiatives. She also has developed curriculum revisions and new course proposals in alignment with California standards in all subjects, ensuring they meet University of California and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) guidelines.
Prior to joining EUHSD, Mrs. Hellams served as principal, assistant principal and English teacher at Fallbrook High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, followed by a Masters of Education degree from Azusa Pacific University. Mrs. Hellams has been an adjunct faculty member for the University of Phoenix for the last eight years, teaching online learning coursework for educators seeking a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, as well as an administrative credential.
Del Lago Academy (DLA), a non-charter, biotech/medical science focused campus, was designed around a core academic program engaging students in real-world learning to better prepare them to be successful in college and careers. All students participate in community mentorship opportunities such as job shadowing and internship experiences. Del Lago Academy highlights four overarching goals to ensure a college and career focus to high school students: 1) bring relevance to the daily curriculum in all content areas; 2) develop habits of work; 3) foster college and career exposure and exploration; and 4) expand students’ social networks and access to opportunities.
Supt. Steve Boyle commented, “We are looking forward to helping each student prepare for success in college and in their careers. Whether in the classroom, library, Independent Stu
dy through the Learning Centers, or on the field, each student deserves the chance to develop knowledge and skills to prepare them for a successful future. We are excited to have students return to school and engage in a rich array of learning opportunities.”