Manzanita Elementary School


  • Carmen Saenz


    Carmen Saenz is the principal at Manzanita Elementary this school year. She had previously worked at Joshua Hills for the past two years. Ms. Saenz began her career in education as a teacher’s assistant right after high school. She continued her studies at Cal State Los Angeles, where she earned a BA in Child Development along with her preliminary teaching credential. After receiving her degree, she applied to become a teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District. She was then hired as a special education teacher in East Los Angeles, where she worked for 10 years. She then worked as an instructional coach for two years at a high school. Her career then continued to expand when she became a program specialist and supported schools with special education programs. Ms. Saenz then applied to be an assistant principal for Palmdale School District. She was hired and now lives in the Antelope Valley with her three children. She continues to learn every day and is grateful for having the opportunity to work in a field she enjoys. Her passion is supporting student achievement by working together with students, staff, and parents. 


    Carmen Saenz


  • Sergio Reyes Gonzalez


    Hello Manzanita Families and Staff:


    My name is Sergio Reyes and I am honored to be the new Assistant Principal of Manzanita Elementary School. For the past two years, I was an Assistant Principal at SAGE Magnet Academy Middle School. I have over 25  years of experience working in education--from an instructional aide, teacher, coordinator, and site school administrator. I believe students come to school to learn more than they already know.


    I am a big proponent of the Palmdale Promise initiative and know that our students must be ready for a future where they must be college or career ready.


    I welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year! It’s going to be an amazing year!


    Sergio Reyes
    Assistant Principal



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