David G. Millen Magnet Academy

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Melissa Gorrindo

  • Melissa Gorrindo - assist. principal


    My name is Mrs. Melissa Gorrindo and I’m extremely excited to be the Assistant Principal of Desert Willow Magnet Academy for the 2020-21 school year.  This is my fourth year as an Assistant Principal for the Palmdale School District. I have over eleven years of experience in education serving in many different capacities.  I served as an administrative designee, teacher, and coach. I have taught elementary, middle school, high school and at the junior college level.


    My educational background includes a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University Irvine and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State University.  I look forward to serving the students, parents, and staff at Desert Willow and I will strive to provide every student with the tools necessary to leave ready for success in high school and beyond. 


    Melissa Gorrindo

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

Todd Sorensen

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    Hello students and families, I am Todd Sorensen.  I am excited to be serving as you here at David G. Millen Magnet Academy.  I have been working within the Palmdale School District since 2017.  Before that, I was a teacher for 10 years in both middle school and elementary school.  I received my bachelor's degree from BYU and my Master's degree from Brandman University.  I am a proud father of 5 children and with the little free time I get, I love anything to do with sports.  I love to teach and love helping students reach their full potential.  I believe that all students are capable of great things when they find their passion.  David G. Millen is an amazing school and it is my privilege to serve you and your students here.



    Todd Sorensen



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