Sarah Delawder joins the leadership team of Castaic High School as the assistant principal. This is Ms. Delawder’s third administrative position, having spent seven years as the assistant principal of Castaic Middle School, followed by three years working as an administrator at Valencia High School. She is excited to continue working with the students of Castaic, as she followed them from CMS to Valencia and saw many of them through to graduation. Now she has the privilege of opening Castaic High School for a new group of Cougars as they transition to their high school role as Castaic Coyotes. Prior to her work in administration, Ms. Delawder taught English and AVID at Canyon High School and she still misses the classroom. Not only has Ms. Delawder worked at many school sites across the Santa Clarita Valley, but she was also a student at Arroyo Seco and Saugus High Schools. As a result, Ms. Delawder is uniquely positioned to understand the needs and expectations of William S. Hart District students and families as Castaic High welcomes students from all parts of the valley.
A graduate of UC Santa Barbara (Go Gauchos!), she continued her education at the University of La Verne, earning a teaching credential, a PPS credential, an administrative credential, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Over the course of her career, Ms. Delawder has cultivated an educational philosophy focused on ensuring that there is a place for every student in school. She understands that students are unable to learn unless they feel welcomed, appreciated and celebrated and she works with faculty and staff to make sure that school is a safe and nurturing environment for all students. This means that a lot of her attention is focused on finding opportunity for every Coyote to feel at home at Castaic High School, whether it be in a sport, in the band, in Circle of Friends, in a classroom with an inspiring teacher, in a pathway, in an iCAN class, or simply with a good group of friends in the quad. She firmly believes that students and families who feel welcomed and involved are more likely to succeed, and that is what she sees as her role at Castaic High School: to help build a school where there is a place for every Coyote. #findyourpack
Ms. Delawder is a resident of Santa Clarita where she lives with her two sons, husband, and dog, Trucker. Her mother and both brothers are teachers (though her mother is living the enviable retired life these days), so her ties to education run deep. Her husband, not a teacher, says you couldn’t pay him enough to be one. Ms. Delawder is excited to work with the faculty, staff, students, and families of Castaic High School.