Ms. Jimenez Named Interim Principal

Dear St. John Chrysostom Community,

I am very humbled and honored to introduce myself as the new principal of St. John
Chrysostom Catholic School. I can assure you that I share in this school community’s
dedication to caring for our students every day while providing them with a meaningful,
fruitful learning environment.

I had been the second-grade teacher the past three years and was the vice principal
this last school year. In my Vice Principal role, I have been intimately involved in all
school hires, changes, programs and logistics. I was also allowed access to how the
school functions and operates and was in charge when Mr. Kim was away for meetings
and other community functions. With the recent quarantine, I was a key figure for all the
immediate decisions to remote learning. For the last two years, I directed the Summer
School Academy, organizing all the teachers, activities and finances. All this experience
has proportioned me to a wonderful foundation for administrative work.

Prior to working at St. John, I worked in the public-school sector assisting with an after
school program for math in the Lennox School District. I went to California State
Dominguez Hills and received my Bachelor of Science in Child Development and went
on to Loyola Marymount University and obtained my Master of Arts in Elementary
Education. I was also part of the PLACE Program through LMU, which many St. John
teachers have been a part of.

I have been a member of St. John my whole life; I attended mass with my family and
continue to grow in my faith as a member of a Bible Study group. This community holds
a special place in my heart and it is my desire to continue offering the best positive
opportunities to our students, parents, and community.

I firmly believe that every child can exceed and that the cooperation between home and
school builds trust and self-esteem; As the old Proverb states, “It takes a village to raise
a child.” I am devoted to continually exploring new ideas to meet the needs of all
students and to interact with parents and community members to offer the best
opportunities in our school. I cannot wait to share with you the great things they do
throughout their days here at St. John Chrysostom.

I am extremely excited to serve as the next principal. I promise that I will work hard
every day and allow my actions to tell the story of who I am and of my commitment to
this school. To our students, I cannot wait to see you all! The new year will be different
because of Covid-19, but with our amazing faculty and staff, we are planning to work
within the public health restrictions for learning.

Know that my door is always open to you. I sincerely welcome your conversation and
input this year. Let us keep our students the primary focus of our work. I can’t wait to
celebrate our collective successes during the 2020-2021 school year.

May God bless you and your family,

Ms. Erika Jimenez