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    Chad Greendale

    Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year.  My name is Chad Greendale, Principal of REACH Academy, and I would like to introduce myself.

    I am honored to be working at REACH Academy.  I have nearly 17 years’ experience working as an Educational Professional.  During that time, I have worked as an Coach, Site Director, Teacher, Dean, Vice Principal, and Principal: working with at-risk youth, grades 6th through 12th.  I have worked in California with the Torrance School District from 1998-2008 as an Site Director, 2008-2010 in Lawndale California as a Teacher and Activities Director.  From 2010-2013 I worked in Watts as a Dean of Student Discipline and Activities.  Since 2013, I have had the privilege of working here in Santa Ana Unified School District as an Assistant Principal at Carr Intermediate School as well as Chavez High School.  I have had the privilege of being the Summer School Principal at both Lorin Griset Academy and Chavez High School.  Recently I was the acting Principal at Chavez High School.  I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in History from California State University Long Beach, and Single Subject Social Studies Teaching Credential Master Degree in Education, Administrative Credential from Loyola Marymount University.

    It has truly been my calling to work in education.  Every day I have an unyielding, unapologetic approach for student success.  I truly believe working with at-risk is not only shaping communities but SAVING lives.  My approach in working with at-risk students is trauma informed, student centered, and one that creates a second chance at success.  The learning community (staff, students and parents) does this by having caring relationships, providing an alternative method of teaching, learning, intervention and prevention, safe and healthy environments, and collaborative partners.  By having those key ingredients, we all meet the unique educational, social, physical, and emotional needs of these diverse students we serve.    


    I am beyond honored and excited for the 2018-2019 School year.  It is going to be a great year with many new opportunities for student success. 



    Chad Greendale, Principal  714-430-1800


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