David G. Millen Magnet Academy

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Melissa Contri

  • Melissa Contri


    Hello, my name is Melissa Contri, and I am honored to serve as a Principal in the Palmdale School District. I have been a part of the Palmdale School District family for several years, and it has been an enriching experience. I am a native of Southern California and currently reside in Los Angeles County. I grew up in La Verne and attended schools in the Bonita Unified School District. After completing my high school education at Bonita High School, I earned my undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies from the University of La Verne. Later, I pursued my Master's in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix and completed my Administrative Services Credential from the University of La Verne. I have been working in the field of education for many years now. Before joining the Palmdale School District, I worked at Whitcomb Continuation High School, where I taught 11th and 12th-grade students. This academic year, I am excited to work with the students, families, staff, and the amazing community that makes David G. Millen Magnet Academy an outstanding school.


    Melissa Contri


Girum Jiru

  • Girum Jiru - AP


    Hello! My name is Girum Jiru, and I am the assistant principal for David G. Millen magnet school. It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I  joined PSD recently.

    My education includes a degree in engineering, a couple of graduate degrees in educational technology, and school administration from CSU, Northridge, and currently, I am a doctoral candidate at GCU. In addition, I hold a clear single subject Math teaching credential, computer literacy supplemental credential, and a clear administrative services credential.

    Before my assignment at PSD as an AP, I taught Math for seven years at AVHS, LACOE camp school, and LACHSA. I have worked in various capacities out of the classroom, including Math coach, PBL/RTSA Senior program specialist, LCAP, and Educational Data Coordinator.  I served as an AP for LACOE schools for five years before I joined PSD.

    My education and experience with students for the past 19 years have shown me that students can succeed in school with support from home and school. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues at DGM and parents in making education meaningful for our students.

    It is truly a privilege and honor to become a Trailblazer at David G. Millen!

    Mr. Jiru
    Assistant Principal

Paula Saavedra


    Hello! My name is Paula Saavedra, and I am an assistant principal for David G. Millen Magnet Academy. I am excited to be here getting to know the David G. Millen community and working with staff, families, and our amazing students!


    My education includes a B.A. in Spanish from UCLA, go Bruins! I am fully bilingual. I also have a Masters degree in Education from UCLA as well as a Masters degree in Administration from CSUN.


    I started my career in education as an elementary classroom teacher. I was a classroom teacher for 13 fun years, then became a teacher specialist and an administrator. I have been an administrator in public schools for 10 years. I have served as both an Assistant Principal and Principal at the middle school and elementary school levels.


    My education and experience have led me to my philosophy of education which is that every student is capable of success when given the right support and tools. I will work to provide each of our students with the support they need to be their best and attain success that will lead them to a positive future.


    Paula Saavedra



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