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, Assistant Principal
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.
Kristal Cullivan, Assistant Principal
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, Athletic Director
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, ASB Coordinator
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.
Stefanie Glover, Instructional Coach, ELA
Hi, my name is Stefanie Glover and I am honored to be the English Language Arts Instructional Coach at Citrus Hill High School. I have been at Citrus since 2013 and with Val Verde since 2010. Prior to my time at Citrus, I was an English teacher and AVID Coordinator at March Middle School. I then came to Citrus as an English and AVID teacher. I have also had the privilege of being the Advanced Placement Coordinator and am currently the Bilingual Facilitator. I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree, Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, English Teaching Credential and Master of Science in Education at California Baptist University. I have an amazing daughter named Haylee. I am truly blessed to serve at Citrus and support student learning and successes. I am so excited to see the wonderful things in store for this school year!
Sem Avena, Instructional Coach, Math
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.
The students and adults of Citrus Hill will create and extend our community of dedicated and driven learners, embodying character, leadership, academic excellence and success through life-long learning.
Curriculum and Instruction The staff will provide students with a common standards-based curriculum infused with real world connections and student-centered activities that spark interest and learning. A variety of elective courses and an expanded range of career, technical, and cultural education opportunities complement our core curriculum classes.
Student Centered Activities
Learning Environment Together, we structure our school to promote safety, acceptance, and learning. We reach out to all stakeholders, celebrating our diverse backgrounds and our shared accomplishments.
Positive classroom environment
Supportive home-school relations
Safe campus environment
Cultural education for students and staff
Staff work cooperatively within a Professional Learning Community
A culture of learning for both students and staff
Assessment and Accountability Through common benchmarks and performance-based assessments, the school supplies feedback and consistently monitors student learning. All stakeholders are accountable for the success of each student.
Clear and focused mission
Monitor and Feedback
Success and Support for All As we establish and maintain high expectations for all, we also recognize and value the importance and the uniqueness of the individual student. We will foster C.L.A.S.S. (Character, Leadership, Academic, Scholarship, Service) in order to secure a valued commitment between the community and the school.
High expectations for all students and staff
Focus on student’s individual needs
Strong Leadership Our learning community will facilitate and develop strong leadership through our professional learning communities. Strong leadership is found in students, staff, and parents who hold themselves to high standards and are given the necessary structure and tools to meet those expectations. Strong leadership also requires a common vision, equity and unwavering support for learning.
Our shared PURPOSE is to be the best high school for our community by providing our students the finest in rigor, school culture, enrichment, innovation, intervention and preparation.
Our sharedVALUES include:
o Focusing on the things we can control.
o Whenever possible, refusing the tyranny of “or” by embracing the genius of “and.”
o At all times, making decisions based on what is best for students.
Our shared GOALS include for the 2016-17 schoolyear:
●Citrus Hill High School will continue to foster a College and Career Ready Culture and create graduates with strong post-secondary plans. This will be measured graduation rates, dropout rates, FAFSA rates, AP participation, English proficiency, and A-G/CTE completion rates.
●Citrus Hill High School will continue to foster the development of Professional Learning Communities with all staff. This will be measured by collaboration, common assessments, and State and Federal assessments.
●Citrus Hill High School will continue to foster a positive school culture. This will be measured by student engagement, intervention data, and parent engagement.