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.

Tara Kim

Tara Kim, Assistant Principal

         Hello and welcome to Citrus Hill High School! My name is Tara Kim and it is my pleasure to serve as an assistant principal. I live in the area with my husband, Kenneth and our three children: Lauren, Jacob and Brendan.  I am joining the Citrus Hill team with eighteen rewarding years of educational experience.  I began my career in 1997, as an elementary teacher for Alvord USD, and later with Hacienda-La Puente USD. I eventually made Val Verde USD home. I have had the privilege of working in Val Verde USD since 2006, first as an English teacher, then as a secondary instructional coach and most recently as an administrator. 

         It is with great enthusiasm that I re-join the dedicated staff of Citrus Hill!  I am looking forward to an exciting year as we work towards graduating ALL students to be college AND career ready.

       Thank you for entrusting me to work with your students each day. I am truly honored. Go Hawks!

Kristal Cullivan, Assistant Principal
Hello and welcome to another exciting school year on the hill.  My name is Kristal Cullivan and I am looking forward to another wonderful year serving our community!  I grew up in this area and after graduating from Moreno Valley High School, I became the first person in my family to attend college.  I finished my Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Arizona in English and Spanish and began my teaching career here in VVUSD.  I was able to take on different roles within our schools throughout the last ten years and ultimately became an Assistant Principal after returning to school to obtain my Master’s Degree.  I enjoyed working with our English Learner Community as our bilingual facilitator for several years and I will continue to support our EL families as Assistant Principal.  I believe education is the key to becoming a happy and health individual and is vital to our growing society.  Every person is able to chart out a life that they love and I am glad to be a person young people in my community can count on for support and guidance.  Stay classy and remember to be the best you!  

Rich Shearer

Rich Shearer, Athletic Director  

         Welcome to Citrus Hill High School, where we have a proud tradition of athletic excellence. I am beginning my twelfth year as a high school athletic director, and have served Citrus Hill High School since its opening in 2005. Prior to my tenure as an athletic director, I served eight years as a head high school boys basketball coach and high school history teacher. My wife, Kellee and I both have undergraduate degrees from the University of California Riverside. I also have a M.A. from the University of California, Riverside, and Kellee has one from the California State University at San Bernardino. We have three sons, Brett (16), Jake (13), and Chad (12) who all love school and athletics.

Kevin Johnston

Kevin Johnston,  ASB Coordinator  

      Hello my name is Kevin Johnston and welcome to the Associated Student Body of Citrus Hill High School. I am excited to serve as the director of ASB as I enter my 16th year in education. My career in education began at Cal Baptist where I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science and my Master of Arts Degree in Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development. I began teaching at Dartmouth Middle School in Hemet where I served as a social studies teacher, golf coach, and ASB director for 9 years. The past 5 years at Citrus I have taught social studies, served as department chair and a class advisor as well as coached baseball. I have also had the privilege to be a professor at Cal Baptist for the past 11 years. I am married to my beautiful wife Jennifer, a graduate of Cal State San Marcos and teacher/ASB director herself. We have two awesome kids, Scott (13) and Delaney (11) with one on the way. I am blessed for the opportunity to be a part of the leadership at Citrus to serve and support our school and community.


Stephanie Glover, Instructional Coach, ELA
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  Sem Avena

  Sem Avena, Instructional Coach, Math

Hi, my name is Sem Avena, the Math Instructional Coach at CitrusHill High School.  It has been a privilege to work here since 2006 and look forward to more great years.  I grew up in the Coachella Valley and moved to Los Angeles to study at college.  I have obtained both my BS in Applied Math and an M.Ed from UCLA.  Go Bruins!  I spent my first 8 years here teaching math ranging from Math Prep to AP Calculus BC where I am proud to have my students produce amazing results.   Prior to teaching in Val Verde USD, I taught at Woodrow Wilson High School in Los Angeles in the LAUSD for 4 years, also teaching all courses from intro Algebra through AP Calculus BC.  My teaching experience also includes teaching for the Jaime Escalante Math Program out of East Los Angeles College and Upward Bound out of Cal State LA.  Prior to teaching I worked as a Biochemist at BD PharMingen in La Jolla and for MESA out of the UCLA center.  Along with being a teacher, I have also served many years as a math department chair, a lead teacher for the Math/Science Small Learning Community at Wilson HS, a softball coach and an assistant band director/drum instructor.  I love the time serving the students of my community.  I am married to Aileen, a middle school teacher, and have a son, Abram.