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Principal's Message

Dear Whittier Families,

It is with great excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the new appointed Principal of Whittier Elementary School.  I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school community that values educating students to be prepared global citizen through the development of language. I look forward to working with such persevering students, a dedicated staff, and a supportive school community.

I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than twenty-two years.  Within those years, I have worked with students ranging in age from TK through 8th grade in a variety of roles. I have also worked at the University level teaching novice teachers about best educational practice.  I am thrilled to bring my skills as an educational leader to Whittier Elementary School and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success. 

One of the most important aspects of my future work for Whittier Elementary will be building strong relationships with students, teachers and families. My passion has been and always will be educating students and consistently reflecting on the learning process.  I view education as a life-long process and I expect to continue to learn much about the uniqueness of Whittier Elementary School this year and in the years to come.   Most importantly, I bring a belief that students’ success is at the center of all school-related decisions.  I am always striving to do “what’s best for students.”  I am excited to unite my experience, my openness to learn, and my child-centered approach to support our students. 

Once again, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to bring all that I have experienced and learned with me to the Whittier community. I encourage you to become involved in every way possible because relationships between families and the school are vital to the success of our students.  I look forward to getting to know all of you, which will be much easier once we return to school.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 


Santa Gabriela Acuña, Ed.D.
Whittier Elementary School
Newport-Mesa Unified School District
Phone- 949-515-6990

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Principal Santa Gabriela Acuña