On behalf of the staff at Mariposa Elementary, I’d like to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year. I am your new principal, Rick Torres. For twenty years, I have served as a classroom teacher and administrator in the Orange Unified School District. I hold a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master's degree in education administration, both earned at Cal State Fullerton. I reside in the city of Fullerton with my wife and two children. We are very active in the community and enjoy volunteering with local organizations that support children and education. Most of all, I enjoy interacting with kids and putting a smile on their faces whenever I can.
My vision as an educator has always been simple, to create an engaging school experience where children are excited and enthusiastic about learning. I am also passionate about continuing the cultivation of growth mindset along with our staff, which allows opportunity for productive struggle and nurtures resilience. I welcome challenges with an optimistic attitude, always appreciating the value of a learning experience and a chance to rise to the occasion.
As we work together to build a world class educational experience that prepares our students for a bright future, I hope to facilitate a positive school environment that empowers our students to be thoughtful citizens committed to making an impact in their world. It is also important to me that I provide opportunities for stakeholders to be heard. As a collaborative leader, I appreciate the views of those my decisions will impact. For this reason, my door is always open to teachers, students and parents to share ideas, concerns and ask questions. I am eager to hear your hopes and dreams for Mariposa, and how I can best serve your children as their principal.
Principal, Mariposa Elementary School