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Meet Your Principal

Dr. Nguyen safety gearDr. Dominic Nguyen is honored to begin his sixth 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.  Buena Terra opened its innovation lab, “The Launch Pad” to provide a place where students explore and engineer solutions that will enhance society.  Students learn and apply the engineering design process to solve real-world problems.  We strive to prepare our students to be college and career ready.  Each year, we create more opportunities for them to be critical thinkers and collaborators, as well as provide them more opportunities to use their creativity by communicating their ideas through a variety of mediums. 

Dr. Nguyen is entering his 18th 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 relationships 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.