Trina Cardona has spent over 26 years working with El Monte Union students – serving as a teacher, high school counselor, adult education counselor and assistant principal of the El Monte-Rosemead Adult School and guiding every scholar toward their college and career goals.
Cardona – who began her teaching career at El Monte Union in 1994 – has moved to the top administrative position at the adult school, taking over for Dr. Deborah Kerr, who retired in June.
“I am honored to be the new principal of El Monte-Rosemead Adult School,” Cardona said. “I have a great team of teachers and staff ready to serve our community. The best part of my job is working with the students. It means so much to help adults develop their potential and guide them to pursue educational excellence as they reach for their individual goals.”
Cardona began teaching special education at South El Monte High School in 1994, where she coached cheerleading and song leading before transitioning to a counseling position at Arroyo High School in 2003. There, she provided academic, career and personal development counseling and guidance.
In 2005, Cardona transitioned to the El Monte-Rosemead Adult School, empowering adult students to reach their educational and career goals and overseeing the career technical education program. She was named the school’s assistant principal in 2017.
“Trina Cardona is a shining example of the dedicated educators we cultivate in El Monte Union, where every student, regardless of age or background, is given the opportunity and tools to achieve their goals and thrive,” Superintendent Dr. Edward Zuniga said. “We are honored to have her step into an even larger role and know that her leadership will continue to have a positive impact on our greater El Monte community.”