The Brea Olinda Unified School District appointed Fernando Grimaldo as the new principal of Brea Canyon High School and Brea Online Academy at the January 18, 2024, Board of Education meeting.
"Today marks a new chapter in the history of Brea Canyon High School as we warmly welcome Mr. Fernando Grimaldo into the role of principal. His passion for educational excellence, commitment to student success, and a proven record of inspirational leadership assure us that our school's future is in capable hands. We are excited to embark on this journey together, building on our proud traditions while forging new paths in the pursuit of academic and community excellence,” said Superintendent Brinda Leon.
Grimaldo began his career in education as a mathematics teacher at Whaley Middle School in the Compton Unified School District in 2005 before moving to Orange Unified School District in 2008 where he then spent more than a decade serving in various roles including teacher, math mentor, administrative designee and assistant principal. In August of 2022, Grimaldo joined Brea Olinda High School (BOHS) as the vice principal where he managed a school-wide intervention program to increase state exam scores, supported increased student enrollment strategies in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, and coordinated Brea Olinda High School’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program to move the high school into the Silver category.
“In working together, we grow together. We have an opportunity to elevate students' experiences that will lead them to success in school and in the community. We accomplish this together,” said Grimaldo as he addressed the Board of Trustees following his appointment.
Grimaldo will begin his new role at Brea Canyon High School on March 1. Grimaldo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science from UC Irvine and a Master of Arts in Education from Pepperdine University.