I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you at John Adams Middle School for the 2021-2022 school year. As we start this unprecedented year together, I wanted to formally introduce myself. My name is Mr. Gabriel Arreguin, I will be serving as your Principal for many years to come. I have the honor to have grown up in our community, and have devoted my career to inspiring our leaders of tomorrow. Our South L.A students. When, I initially left our community to attain my degree at Saint Mary’s College of California in the bay area the most difficult part became leaving my neighborhood, friends, mentors, and family.
During my time at Saint Mary’s College, I developed a passion for leadership, service, but most importantly education. In 2001 I decided to move back to South L.A and become a teacher. I then followed to get my Masters degree in Special Education from Cal State Dominguez Hills. As I moved on, I had the opportunity to become an Assistant Principal at various Elementary schools, and lastly at Stevenson Middle School in Boyle Heights. And as fate tends to act, I returned to South L.A the past five years as the Principal of Estrella Elementary. The past five years, I was able to lead a local Elementary school into one of the highest performing schools in South L.A. And as difficult as it was leaving Estrella Elementary, it is equally exciting to start a new chapter with all of you here at John Adams Middle School.
I am here for you.