“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,
and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45 (NASB)
My name is Armando Valenzuela III, and I am blessed to be the new incoming principal for the 2016-17 school year at San Miguel High School and to serve in a Cristo Rey Network and LaSallian school. I have been an educator for the past 15 years and have been privileged to work in the public and now private sectors of education. As a freshman at the University of Arizona, I heard the calling to serve young adults. I decided to be a teacher because one of my former teachers in high school inspired me through his love of his students, respect and care for each one of us, and his desire to do God’s work. Even though I was educated in a large public high school, my Teacher of English was open and honest about his Catholic faith.
As a result, my last two years in the public sector, I served at a large public high school as the Principal of a Freshman Academy within the larger school. Our vision and mission was to help transition successfully all of our students into high school and help them reach the goal of graduation within four years. We were successful in our efforts; however, I personally felt that one of the largest pieces missing to help our students be successful was knowing God’s word and walking closely in a relationship with Jesus Christ. For this reason, I was called to enter the private sector and serve at a Catholic high school within the Diocese of Tucson.
Presently, I find myself, through God’s guidance, at the ideal school: San Miguel High School. I am able to serve the same students I have a calling for on the south side of Tucson, AZ, and I am able to minister to them openly and honestly about God. My desire is to do God’s will and help lead, with my tremendous team, San Miguel High School into a new chapter of its history. Our students are tremendous hard workers who respectfully care for one another and truly “enter to learn & leave to serve”.
I appreciate your support and prayers for the upcoming year. May God bless you and your loved ones, and if you are called to serve with us, we hope you will contact the school.
Armando Valenzuela III
Principal - San Miguel High School