Educational background 

  • University of Southern California: Rossier School of Education, School Leadership Academy

  • California State University, Long Beach- Master of Arts in Education- Curriculum and Instruction

  • California State University, Long Beach- Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, K-8 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Educational Philosophy

I believe under-performing students are under-served students and it is our responsibility to meet each child where they are. Through clear expectations, positive relationships, collaboration, and a welcoming school climate, we have the opportunity to shape lives for all students.


  • Through collaboration and highly effective instructional strategies, our students will achieve at least one year's measure of growth. 

  • Parent and community member participation in classrooms and Mary Chapa Academy events will increase by at least 10%.

  • Our Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports (PBIS) efforts will result in a decrease of suspensions and referrals. 

Leadership Mission

My mission as Principal is to ensure high levels of collaboration and achievement for ALL. Our Mary Chapa community will remain committed to academic excellence by way of the arts and social emotional learning. 

Leadership Vision

Each of our Kodiaks will exhibit their individuality through the arts and will be equipped to succeed in post-secondary education and the work force. ​

Fun facts

  • I grew up in Southern California and am a Dodgers fan!

  • My favorite holiday is Christmas. 

  • Giraffes are my absolute favorite animal and I currently sponsor one in Kenya!

Ms. Kristen Pantaleon

Ms. Kristen Pantaleon