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Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Dear Abbott Families,


It is with a heavy heart that I announce to you that I’ll be stepping down as the principal of this amazing school at the end of this year. Last week I was offered a principal position in the Santa Ana Unified School District and have decided to accept it. As you can imagine, it has been a very emotional process for me in making this decision, but in the end, I feel that this is the right decision in my professional career.  For the past five years, I have had the absolute honor of leading Abbott Elementary and helping to turn it into one of the most artistic and dynamic schools in Lynwood.


In reflecting back over the past five years, I’m thrilled about all the positive changes we have made, including the very strong increases in academic achievement, the focus on the Arts, and the very positive changes in overall school culture. We have made education at Abbott more about the whole child as well as about test scores, and I think you can feel it the moment you walk onto our school site.


I want to thank each and every one of you for all your support, and for entrusting me with your children for the past five years. I am honored and feel so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be part of the Abbott Roadrunner Community. I have so many wonderful memories of my time at Abbott and I am sad to say goodbye.


Know that my dedication to my position as your principal will continue as we transition to new leadership at Abbott throughout the next few weeks.  Carlos Zaragoza, our district’s Director of Human Resources, will be working with the staff and the community to find a new principal to lead Abbott Elementary. 


Please accept my sincere thanks and appreciation as I enter into a new learning experience of my own.



Adolfo Herrera