Dr. Christina Luna is the new superintendent for the Calexico Unified School District and she is now focusing in what is to be a very challenging year for the district.
A welcoming ceremony was held last Thursday at Cesar Chavez Elementary School to introduce Dr. Luna as the new superintendent.
Luna joins CUSD after serving as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Temple City Unified School District.
She began as Middle School Classroom Teacher, worked as a coordinator of State and Federal Programs, and Assistant Principal and Principle, Coordinator of Consolidated programs, Director of Student Programs and Staff Development and Assistant Superintendent.
Luna earned her Bachelors and Master degrees at California State University Los Angeles and in 2005 completed her Doctorate from the University of Southern California.
dissertation centered on The Instructional Challenges of Bilingual Educators.
Luna was also a part-time graduate-level instructor for the Master of Arts in Teaching at USC.
In an exclusive interview with the Calexico Chronicle
, Dr. Luna
said to be excited to be here in Calexico
looking forward to work with the community and make them a resource to get the job done.
first priority to tackle as Superintendent is to elevate the academic achievement program for students and also grow academic programs that are part of the CUSD's
When asked about the new Calexico High School project she
said that she
would follow the existing plan to develop the project and also work towards improving the infrastructure at Calexico's Schools
"I've seen the wealth of the people here in Calexico."Luna said, "I've met with people of SDSU, the Mexican Consulate, and City people offering their support for the district."She said.
The Superintendent said that one of her
main goals is to implement programs that have been successful in other places that would help students here in the border and help them reach their educational goals when they finish High School.
said that this fiscal year would be another rough year for the District and said she
would look at the budget and start working on balance it so that the cuts made by the state is less painful for Calexico