Timothy Farson, Principal
Dear SDSCPA Community,
It is with a strong sense of commitment and passion that I embrace the opportunity to work with an incredible community united by a passion to ensure we provide every student with a world-class education in the arts and academics. At the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts—a nationally renowned school with a remarkable reputation for personalizing artistic and academic achievement to a highly diverse student body--I maintain the highest expectations for every student and staff member on our campus because we truly have something magical happening on our campus.
Raised in a small rural town in Ohio, I found the arts to be one of the few places I could embrace who I was, and learn to be comfortable within my own skin. In many ways, the arts became the place I could develop my beliefs, my wonderings, and my voice. I am indebted to my high school drama teacher, Ms. Meggitt, and her inspirational belief in me and my leadership as drama club president. I certainly wasn’t the best actor, nor the most confident young man, but she believed in me and created the space for opportunity. Reflection on these positive and powerful past experiences instantly create the impetus for much of my work as a leader at one of the best arts schools in the nation. I personally understand the role arts can play in developing a powerful student voice—whether it be on a canvas or on a stage or leading student government.
I began my university career at Kent State University in Philosophy. Craving a more urban and artistic community, I transferred into the Philosophy program at New York University. My life abruptly changed on September 11, 2001, however, having witnessed the falling of the World Trade Centers. It was my first true encounter with death and a first personal realization of humanity’s universal craving for meaningful connection and voice. It is only later in life that I realized the powerful influence art has in establishing this connection and voice—voices often for the silenced.
In 2009, I began my teaching career as an English and middle school Science teacher at SDSCPA. I have enjoyed being involved in many aspects of the SDSCPA student experience as the Journalism Adviser, ASB Student Government Adviser, SSC member, Department Chair and so on. Since that time, I have embraced and protected what I believe is a magical learning experience unlike any other for all students.
I lead from the heart. My classroom philosophy that engaging hearts engages mind transcends into my work with our staff and community. I will tirelessly work to build connections with our SDSCPA community, advocates, and arts leaders from around the country. I am a philosopher by nature and always reflecting on way to increase student voice, create innovative learning environments, and most importantly create sustainable infrastructures in a sometimes shaky world of education funding. I know and understand the power of connection and uniting people in a shared vision for the hope and promise of a transformational arts and academic education.
Humbled by the honor of being your principal, I pledge to keep the SDSCPA vision robust and alive, lead through compassion for all staff and students, and maintain a reflective lens focusing on equity and opportunity for all of our young artists and scholars. And from this, I will tirelessly advocate for the SDSCPA students, staff, and community to ensure a safe and diverse environment for creative exploration, rigorous learning and training, and opportunities to create powerful connections through the arts. Our students don't just love to be artists, they have to be artists.
With dedication and heart,
Roxann Hatfield, Vice Principal
(619) 470-0555 Ext. 2215
Mrs. Hatfield is the newest member of the SDSCPA administration. She is not a stranger to the SDSCPA family having taught in the Science Department for 12 years and then serving as the school’s Graduation Coach for the past 6 years. She is excited to be part of such a visionary team. She has served on a variety of committees and organizing 6th and 9th grade Bridging Days. She believes that all students can learn and each student has a special path/ journey in place for them but it is up to them to take the first step. Educators serve as the facilitators in molding our young people into well-rounded individuals who can take on the world.
Mrs. Hatfield holds a Bachelors of Arts in Biochemistry from UCSD and earned her Administrative credential and Masters in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University. She is a native Californian
R. Christian Gordon, Ed.D., Vice Principal
(619) 470-0555 Ext. 2216
An educator since 1991, Dr. Christian Gordon is the newest member of the administrative team at the SD School of Creative and Performing Arts. He comes to us from John D.Spreckels Bilingual Magnet School in University City where he supervised a diverse group of staff, as well as, students. In that capacity, he successfully helped teachers implement researched-based strategies that significantly improved (+120 points on the API in the last 5 years) the academic achievement of all students, including special needs, English learners, Latino/Hispanic and African American students. He seeks out and implements research-based academic and behavioral supports and interventions that have proven records of success. He has extensive experience in administering instructional programs, including leading the work of Instructional Leadership Teams & Professional Learning Communities(PLCs), magnet programs, Special Education – including Gifted and Talented Education, English Learners, Response To Intervention & Instruction(RTI&I) and Title I, as well as, over 14 years of site administrator experience working in communities across the school district.
Dr. Gordon brings with him a high level of cultural proficiency, understanding the importance of reaching out and welcoming to all stakeholders. In addition, he possesses six years of hands-on teaching experience, including three years as district GATE Mentor Teacher. Dr. Gordon is a highly motivated educator with a diversified background in developing relationships among parents, students, staff, and communities. He is a unique individual with the intuitive ability to motivate others to help them reach their full potential.
Dr. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from San Diego State University with a minor in Africana Studies, two Master of Arts degrees in Education Administration & Curriculum and Instruction from the United States International University, and recently earned his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Richard Trujillo, Artistic Director
Mr. Trujillo has had the honor of leading the artistic vision for the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts through its largest growth period in its 40 year history over the past decade. He has seen this integration model magnet arts school develop into the one of the nation’s premier pre-collegiate public arts schools preparing students for post-secondary success in their respective arts disciplines. Under his guidance the arts have flourished into five distinct majors several having multiple programs of study; all of which with foundational scope and sequential training preparing students for success at the post-secondary level. In addition, the SDSCPA has had 14 YoungArts Award winners, received two Craig Noel Awards for Outstanding Resident Musical in partnership with the San Diego Repertory Theatre Company, and was awarded the 2018-2023 Exemplary Arts School Award from the Arts Schools Network. A professional actor, director, producer, and arts administrator Mr. Trujillo brings a unique blend of understanding the complexities and challenges of the arts industries and public schools. That powerful intersection has become his life’s work. His role as the representative for the City of San Diego Visual and Performing Arts Fair led by the National Association of College Admissions Counselors ranks among his highest honors, along with his nomination for the Governor’s Arts Award for his work in creating a nationally recognized, multidisciplinary arts program and community arts partnership during his teaching days at the Herrera School of Fine Arts in Phoenix Arizona. He is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and UNESCO International Dance Council.
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