I am excited to be the Principal of San Dimas High School. I wake up every morning fired up to help ignite a passion for learning in all of our students. I believe that every student deserves a high school that cultivates an environment of high expectations while caring for the whole student. I know San Dimas is a great school where students can realize their gifts, apply and develop their talents, and feel a genuine sense of fulfillment for their contributions to the San Dimas community.
I grew up in Rialto, California and attended Eisenhower High School. I graduated from the California State University of San Bernardino with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. I have a Master’s Degree in Physical Education and Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. I started my career teaching 4th grade for five years. I then moved to teach high school PE at Eisenhower High School. My principal encouraged me to become an administrator. I was hired as an Assistant Principal at Eisenhower. Five years later I was given the opportunity to become the first alumni principal of Eisenhower High School.
I have five children. My oldest, Astin, graduated from Johnson and Wales University in Denver and currently lives with his wife and dogs in Boise, Idaho. My oldest daughter, Nicole, graduated from the University of Nevada at Reno. She now lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband and two dogs. Mikinize is currently working and attending Chaffey Junior College. Victoria just graduated from high school and lives in Boise, Idaho. My youngest daughter Alexis is a junior at Eisenhower High School and plans to go into the military when she graduates.
San Dimas High school has the potential to be the best high school in California. I am ready to work hard to make that goal a reality. There are three types of people in this world, people that make it happen, people that watch it happen, and people who wonder what happened. At San Dimas, we want to make it happen!
San Dimas is a great high school with a great community. I have worked in the San Dimas community for the last 26 years.
I have been a counselor at both San Dimas High School and Lone Hill Middle School. The last 8 years I have been the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Assessment at San Dimas High School. I am so proud of the students who attend San Dimas High School.
I grew up in Chandler, Arizona and attended Chandler High School. I spent my freshman year of college at Scottsdale Community College, the home of the Artichokes. That is correct, the mascot is an artichoke. I received my bachelor’s degree at Azusa Pacific University in Physical Education. Then my master’s degree and administrative credential at Azusa Pacific University.
I have four kids. My two oldest graduated from San Dimas High School. My oldest Tyler has a Lineman Certificate from Northwest Lineman College in Idaho. My daughter is a cadet at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I have Ben who is a junior at SDHS and Jacob who is a sophomore at SDHS.
It is my honor to serve as Assistant Principal at San Dimas High School. San Dimas High School is destined for great things and I am so excited to be a part of it. I look forward to helping students and staff to reach for the great expectations San Dimas High School has established. Getting involved is the best way to reach these expectations in the quick four years of high school. Four years that students remember for a lifetime.
Mrs. Rita Kear, Assistant Principal Activities, Athletics and Facilities
I have the privilege of serving as an Assistant Principal at San Dimas High School. Prior to serving in this role I was a counselor at San Dimas High School and have 14 years of teaching experience in both private and public schools.
My responsibilities include athletics, activities, facilities and the counseling program. My greatest challenge and joy is in supporting teachers and students in improving student achievement.
I truly feel we have an awesome school that offers students a variety of opportunities that allow them to excel in the classroom, participate in clubs and athletics and to emerge as leaders ready to meet the demands of college or the work world. Students and staff at San Dimas have pride in their school and work together to make this the premier high school in the valley.
I have spent the last 12 years in the field of education, teaching all levels of High School English, English Language Development (ELD), and Various Intervention Courses. I have served in various other capacities including ELD coordinator, Intervention/RTI committee member, Anti-Bullying and Positive Behavior Advisor, and Grade Level curriculum and Instruction lead.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts from California State University Long Beach; Two Masters Degrees, one in Education, the other Educational Leadership, from Azusa Pacific University; and a doctorate in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis in Educational Psychology, from the University of Southern California (Fight On!).
My educational philosophy is based on the uncompromising belief that all students can learn at high levels, and I am committed to providing the opportunity for every child to succeed. I attribute my continued growth as an educator, to my role as a mother to my eight-year-old daughter Kendall. She makes me proud each and every day.
It is an honor and a privilege to serve as Dean of Students at San Dimas High School, a school with a strong reputation for graduating students who are: Effective Communicators, Accomplished Learners, and Responsible Individuals.