Hi, my name is Esteban Lizarraga and I’m excited to be a part of the team at Citrus Hill High School as principal.  My first teaching experience began, in the Val Verde USD, as an impact (intervention) teacher at the elementary level and then taught social studies at the middle and high school level. I became an assistant principal, in the Jurupa USD, at a middle school and then a principal at an elementary school. I returned to Val Verde to serve as an assistant principal at Citrus Hill High School and then principal at Tomas Rivera MS. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in History at California State University of Fullerton, my teaching credential at Chapman University, and my Masters of Arts degree in Educational Leadership at California State University of San Bernardino. I am blessed to be married to my amazing wife Jacquelyn and father to our three wonderful sons, Micah, Oliver, and Gideon. I am honored to be a part of a learning community at Citrus Hill that is committed to establishing a school culture which recognizes no limitations in the achievement and success of each student.

Matt Elder

 Matt Elder, Assistant Principal

 Hello, my name is Matthew Elder and I’m extremely honored to continue serving the students, parents, staff and community in my role as an Assistant Principal at Citrus Hill High School.  I attended California Baptist University as a student athlete where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003.  Upon graduation my wife, Jaclyn (a student athlete and graduate of CBU herself) and I traveled the world while I played professional basketball in Denmark, Australia, and Germany.   When we returned to California, I resumed my education at CBU to obtain a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential in 2006, added a Subject Matter Authorization in Mathematics and earned a Master’s Degree in Education in 2009.  My job experiences have given me the opportunity to take on many different roles in both the secondary and elementary educational settings.  I started teaching in Alvord USD in 2006 as a Fifth Grade Teacher.  I joined Val Verde USD in 2007 as a Math Teacher and Basketball Coach at Citrus Hill High School.  My wife and I have two daughters (Aurora and Celeste) who are my support and motivation.  My family always inspires me to do my very best in every phase of life.  I want to thank all stakeholders for making Citrus Hill High School my home and I look forward to providing our students the best high school for our community.


Sarah Allen, Assistant Principal

Hi, my name is Sarah Allen and I am excited to serve as Assistant Principal here at Citrus Hill. My teaching career began right here in Val Verde in 2003. I taught science at Rancho Verde High School before coming to Citrus in 2006. During my time here at Citrus, I have served as a science teacher, AVID teacher and AVID Coordinator. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of California, Riverside, my teaching credential at California State University, San Bernardino and my masters in administration from Concordia University. I am married to my awesome husband Mark and we have one child, Kyle. Citrus has been my home for over a decade and I look forward to continuing to serve this school and the surrounding community.