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Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Community of Florin High School,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Rudy Ortega and I am Honored to have been selected by the Board of Education to be the new Principal at Florin High School. I feel fortunate to lead this amazing staff and am eager to connect with families in our community to help guide every Student at Florin High School in their journey to become prepared for life after High School.

The Florin community has always held a special place in my heart, as I grew up right behind Florin High School and attended Anna Kirchgater Elementary School and James Rutter Middle School. For the past three years I have served as a Vice Principal at Florin High School and have worked hard to make connections and support all students and staff in the improvement process. Prior to working at Florin, I worked at Elk Grove High School for the first 11 years of my educational career, where I was a Social Science teacher and varsity men's basketball coach.

My educational philosophy begins with an unwavering belief that each and every student can and will learn. In order to motivate students to follow our leadership, the adults in their lives must develop a meaningful and caring relationship with each student, rooted in trust and mutual respect. Once relationships have been created, teachers   can drive students to meet academic standards by creating a rigorous learning environment. To help guide their path, academic counseling will be a priority, along with addressing their social and emotional needs. I hope this nurturing environment will be the foundation that students need in order to reach their fullest potential. In addition to meeting their academic goals, I want to encourage and increase participation in extracurricular activities. Whether it is sports, theater, band, robotics, choir, mathletes, or any of our clubs, getting more connected to our campus will only enhance a student's overall high school experience.

Finally, I believe in the power education plays in a young person's life and make it my commitment to continually elevate our operations and performance to determine the best way to meet the needs of our students and families. I look forward to meeting and working closely with you as we embark on the journey of preparing your student for life after high school. Please feel free to call, email, or meet with me in person if you ever have any questions or comments. At Florin High School, you are always welcome and you'll never walk alone.


Rudy Ortega