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Assistant Principal's Message

Dear El Rincon Elementary School Community,
I am thrilled to introduce myself as the new full-time Assistant Principal of El Rincon Elementary School. It is an absolute honor to be part of such a vibrant and dedicated community comprising enthusiastic students, committed staff, and supportive families.
Having dedicated over ten years to the field of education, I previously served as a 4th-grade Japanese Immersion Teacher at El Marino Language School. During my time there, I actively participated in various communities, including the MTSS Leadership Team, School Site Council, and as a co-advisor for the Math Club. Through these roles, I consistently advocated for the best interests of our students and teachers. Last year, I had the privilege of serving as a 50/50 Assistant Principal at both El Rincon and La Ballona, which provided me with a broader perspective and invaluable experiences within the CCUSD community. Drawing upon my foundation as a teacher and my familiarity with CCUSD schools, I am committed to supporting our students, teachers, staff, and families.
On a personal note, I am an alumna of Culver City Unified School District, having attended Farragut Elementary through to Culver City High School. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies/Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Administrative Services, both earned from Loyola Marymount University. Following my undergraduate program, I spent a year in Japan teaching English in a rural town in Ebino, Miyazaki. Upon my return to Culver City, I eagerly began working within the district which ignited my passion for learning and teaching.
To me, education is a lifelong journey, and my aspiration is to grow as an administrator who consistently serves the community and, above all, places students at the center of all decision-making. I am enthusiastic about blending my experiences, my commitment to ongoing learning and personal growth, and my child-centered approach to support our school community. I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to meet and connect with each one of you soon! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me via email at [email protected].
Warm regards,
Kana Nakagawa
Assistant Principal