Raul Guerrero, who began his tenure as principal of Analy High School in June 2016, announced last week that he is leaving the West Sonoma County Union High School District to become principal at Calistoga Junior-Senior High School in Napa County. His tenure at Analy will end in June, at the end of the school year.
Guerrero worked for eight years as a vice principal at Analy before becoming principal. Before that he worked for the Santa Rosa City Schools as an assistant/vice principal at Montgomery and Elsie Allen high schools, a principal at Hilliard Comstock Middle School and summer school principal at Santa Rosa High School.
Guerrero brought a rich depth of experience to the position of principal: six years of teaching at the high school level and 20 years as an administrator. He is also bilingual in Spanish and English.
“This is my 11th year here at Analy, and I have been blessed to work with exceptional educators, the best students in Sonoma County and an incredibly supportive community,” Guerrero wrote in an email to Sonoma West.
“Twenty-three years ago, my first Sonoma County teaching job was at Analy High School. I knew then, as I do now, that this is an exceptional school.”
Nonetheless, he felt compelled to move on, called by the promise of working with a more diverse school community.
“As an educator, I had to take a close look at where I feel that I can continue to have a significant impact in making positive changes in students’ lives, as we all go into education with the idealism of making the world a better place,” he wrote. “I believe that Calistoga will provide me the opportunity to engage my passion for education in purposeful work in benefit of a very diverse educational community.”
Guerrero said the choice to move on was a difficult one.
“Taking on this new opportunity has been a difficult decision to make, as I love working with the community of Analy High School,” he wrote. “I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to lead such an exceptional school, and I look forward to the new experience in Calistoga.”