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Meet Your Principal

Dr. Nguyen

Dr. Dominic Nguyen

Dr. Dominic Nguyen is honored to begin his fourth year serving as the principal of Buena Terra Elementary. He and his dedicated staff look forward to working collaboratively with the community to provide a well-rounded education to its students.

Dr. Nguyen believes in providing students with a comprehensive education that prepares them with 21st Century skills.  Buena Terra’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) focus has integrated skills such as computer science coding into the curriculum.  This year Buena Terra will open its innovation lab, “The Launch Pad.”   The Launch Pad is a place where students will explore and engineer solutions that will enhance society.  Students will learn and apply the engineering design process to solve real world problems.    The Launch Pad will also serve as a Makerspace.  A space for students to explore and discover new ideas.  A space for students to enhance their creativity.  Our Makerspace will provide students with a place where they can create something that aligns with their passion, a place where students can unleash the genius within them.  

Dr. Nguyen is entering his 16th year in the field of education with the first nine years devoted to teaching at one of the highest performing elementary schools in Southern California.  He then served as an administrator at a California Distinguished school nationally recognized as a Model Professional Learning Community and Leader and Me School. He has always found the most rewarding aspect of his career to be the connections he has fostered with students, families, and the educational community.

When not at school, Dr. Nguyen enjoys spending time with family and friends.  He enjoys road trips to new places and trying out the local cuisine in true foodie fashion.  He always enjoys coming home to the sunshine of southern California.