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I was born in Madrid, Spain. In 1990 I worked as an English Language Development (ELD) coordinator at a summer school, where I met my future American wife, Debbie. Two years later we got married and in 1993 I moved to the United States.I attended USD to validate my studies from Spain while working in the Encinitas School District in different leadership roles and capacities. In 1999 I started teaching at Grapevine Elementary where I was given leadership roles in bilingual education and ELD. In 2003 I moved to Temple Heights as Founding Faculty, where I taught and also served in different leadership roles. During this time I obtained both my master’s degree in biliteracy from CSUSM and my administrative credential. VUSD provided me with many leadership opportunities as I served on a variety of district committees and task forces and in 2012 I was hired as Principal at Grapevine Elementary.

This year marks my 21st year since I moved to the United States where I proudly became a United States citizen in 2006. I live in Carlsbad with my wife, who teaches in Oceanside and our two amazing children, Victoria and Michael. Soccer and cooking are my other passions and my wife says I make the best paella!   I am honored to be the principal of such a distinguished school with a very dedicated staff that puts students first and a community of parents who value education as an investment for success in their children’s future. We have added very competent staff to our team this year and I am looking forward to a year full of learning!