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Dear Preuss School Learning Community,

Welcome to The Preuss School UC San Diego! We are thrilled to embark on the 2023-2024 academic
year together with our dedicated parents, enthusiastic scholars, and passionate educators. As we
begin this new journey, we want to take a moment to share our vision for the year ahead and highlight
some important updates.

At The Preuss School UC San Diego, we are committed to providing a rigorous and nurturing learning environment that empowers our scholars to reach their full potential. Our mission is to prepare students from underserved communities for success in college and beyond, fostering a love for learning, critical thinking, and social responsibility.

Updates for the 2023-2024 Academic Year:
We welcome our new faculty and staff members who joined our Preuss family this year.

Michael Artinian Campus Supervision Aide
Maria Barnes (previously intern) Mathematics Teacher
Carlos Valencia Barron (UCSD intern) English Teacher
Kamilah Brown Vice Principal
Michael Clogston (UCSD Intern) English Teacher
Alyson De La Rosa (Preuss Alumni) Family Support Specialist
Alliya Eid (UCSD Intern) Mathematics
Kali Faulwetter (UCSD Intern) English Teacher
Leslie Villalobos-Hernandez EHS Teacher
Yunlong (Eddie) Li (UCSD Intern) English Teacher
Bonni Montevecchi Board/Scholar Support Liaison
Vanessa Muños Campos (Preuss Alumni) Alumni and External Relations Specialist
Araceli Ortega Senior Custodian
Wendy Panagos Family Support Specialist
Kristal St. Jean (previous intern) Educational Specialist
Marjorie Vinzant (UCSD Intern) English Teacher
Enhsin (Angel) Wang (UCSD Intern) World Language

Their expertise and fresh perspectives will undoubtedly enrich our community, and I look forward to the collaborative and transformative work we will accomplish together. This year all of our PTA (Parent Teacher Association) general meetings will be held on The Preuss School campus. The PTA Executive Board Meetings will be held in person in the Community Room and via Zoom. If you have not joined the PTA, you can join online at This year we will be increasing our support for all scholars in the area of Mathematics with the addition of a Numeracy Specialist. Mr. Hua, one of our current Math teachers is stepping into this role. In this role, he will lead our efforts to ensure that all scholars are receiving the math support they need to be successful. Last school year we added a Literacy Specialist, Dr. Anderson. We believe that parent involvement is crucial to a child's academic success. This year, we will continue to foster strong relationships between parents and teachers, offering various opportunities for engagement and collaboration. If you are interested in learning about parent volunteering opportunities, we highly encourage you to join a PTA committee and/or reach out to Ms. Vanessa with any questions regarding the process of becoming a regular volunteer. She can be reached via email ( and phone (858-822-0020).
Important Dates:
  • First Day of School: August 8, 2023
  • PTA General Meetings (9:30 am - 11 am): 8/26/23, 9/16/23, 10/14/23, 11/4/23, 12/9/23, 1/6/24,
    2/3/24, 3/9/24, 4/20/24, 5/18/24
  • PTA Executive Board Meetings (5:30 pm): 9/5/23, 10/3/23, 11/14/23, 12/12/23, 1/9/24, 2/6/24,
    3/12/24, 4/9/24, 5/7/24, 6/4/24
We are looking forward to an exciting and productive academic year. As we work together, we aim to create a community where every scholar feels valued, respected, and inspired to achieve greatness. Thank you for entrusting us with your child's education. Let's make this year one of growth, discovery, and success for all! Once again, welcome to The Preuss School UC San Diego's 2023-2024 academic year!

Matthew Steitz Ed.D.
Principal serving The Preuss School UC San Diego