FROM THE DESK OF THE PRINCIPAL
MR. TOM PITTS
My career in Education officially started when I graduated from the University of Michigan in 1982 with a teaching degree. Before getting serious in Education and actually teaching, I spent a few years in a variety of occupations that included law enforcement, being a software engineer trainee, substitute teacher and coach.
My first teaching job was in Littlerock, California where I worked at Almondale Middle School. There I taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade students Math and Science and completed a Masters Degree at CSUN in Educational Supervision and Administration. I then left Keppel School District and took a job at Challenger Middle School in the Wilsona District. Again, I was teaching Math and Science. After six years at Challenger, I felt it was time to go into administration.
It was in the fall of 1996 that Palmdale School District that gave me my first administrative assignment as an Assistant Principal at Juniper Intermediate School. My administrative experience as Assistant Principal also included schools such as Summerwind, Chaparral, Oak Tree and Mesa Intermediate. At these schools I was able to work with people like, Pauline Winbush, Mike Ohren, Linda Wagner, Esmeralda Mondragon and Mary Oleson.
My first Principal assignment was at Desert Willow Intermediate. Opening the newest intermediate school for the district was quite a challenge. Over the eight-year period at Desert Willow, I worked with many remarkable staff members and Assistant Principals. But after eight years, it was time again for a Change.
My current assignment is Principal of Chaparral Elementary School. The last five years have zipped by. Chaparral has a great staff, great students and great parents. I look forward to coming to work every day.