After 35 years of working in El Monte Union, Robin Torres has acquired a deep understanding of its history and culture. From coaching volleyball to serving as principal of El Monte High School for seven years, Torres continues to grow professionally.
Torres has now been promoted to the District’s assistant superintendent of human resources, officially taking on the role July 1.
“I have had the pleasure of working with so many great people throughout the District, but especially at El Monte High School, where I began my teaching career,” Torres said. “They are my family and it is tough to leave, but the time is right to move forward, accept new challenges and support our El Monte Union teachers and staff, who work incredibly hard to provide a rigorous and safe learning environment for all our students.”
Torres first stepped onto the El Monte High campus in 1985, when she served as a physical education and life science teacher. A credentialed Adapted Physical Education Specialist, Torres coached multiple sports, including girls volleyball and boys/girls cross country, taught sports medicine and served as student leadership coordinator.
“The community and families we serve are what keeps me striving to do my best every day,” Torres said. “I truly admire our teachers and staff for their work ethic, dedication and collaborative nature to ensure every student succeeds.”
Torres accepted her first administrative post as assistant principal for activities at Mountain View High School in 2000, holding the position for a year before returning to El Monte High as assistant principal for student services. From 2005 to 2010, Torres divided her time between El Monte and Rosemead high schools as assistant principal for instruction.
Torres began leading the El Monte-Rosemead Adult School in 2010, helping to build the school’s career technical education and parent education programs, before returning to El Monte High in 2013.
“Robin Torres personifies the El Monte Union spirit, bringing passion and integrity to everything she does,” Superintendent Dr. Edward Zuniga said. “Robin has a special gift for bringing out the best in people, and I couldn’t be happier that she is joining the administration, bringing a wealth of expertise and knowledge to this very critical role.”