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Principal's Message

 
Hello Newland Families!
 
I am honored and thrilled to introduce myself as the new principal of Newland Elementary School!  I hope that this message finds you enjoying the rejuvenating days of summer, as your child(ren) prepare for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. 
 
First of all, I know I have big shoes to fill, following in the footsteps of my close friend and colleague Mr. Chris Mullin.  He loves Newland Elementary and has often spoken highly of Newland's standards of academic excellence, collaborative school culture, and tremendously supportive parent community. With that said, it is my privilege and honor to join all of you Dolphins in becoming the next leader of this amazing FVSD school! 
 
As for me, this is my 22nd year working as an administrator in the Fountain Valley School District. Prior to Newland, I served as principal at Courreges Elementary School for 11 years from 2011-2022.   Prior to Courreges, I served as principal at Fulton Middle School from 2006 to 2011, principal at Moiola K-8 School from 2003 to 2006, and assistant principal at Masuda Middle School from 2001 to 2003. Prior to working in the FVSD, I was a middle school instrumental music teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District. I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Economics and earned my Master's and administrative credentials from UC Irvine and National University. I have three children of my own; Brittany (26), Miranda (21), Conner (19), and engaged to my lovely fiancé Marlena, who has two daughters (my "bonus" children) Katelynn (10) and Kara (7).

Please enjoy the remainder of your summer and I look forward to leading all of you through an exciting, rigorous, enriched, and certainly rewarding school year at Newland Elementary School.
 
Happy Summer Dolphins!
 
Proudly and enthusiastically, 
 
Mr. Chris Christensen ("Mr. C"), Newly Appointed Principal
Newland Elementary School