New El Monte High School Principal Channels His Inner Lion’s Roar

New El Monte High School Principle Eddie Cuevas

Eddie Cuevas first learned the significance of the El Monte High School Lion’s Roar when he arrived on campus as a freshman. As a Class of 1989 graduate, Cuevas began a successful career as a project manager in the private sector, but always felt his community calling him back.

Today, Cuevas, a first-generation college-goer who came to the U.S. when he was 2 years old, is preparing for his first year as El Monte High School’s newest principal, determined to give back to the school that provided him the vehicle for educational opportunities and the path in which to prosper.

“It has been my lifelong passion to come back and impact the El Monte community in a positive way,” Cuevas said. “I followed my heart to begin a career in education. I am honored and humbled and I hope to emulate the great principals who have preceded me at El Monte High.”

Cuevas, who began his educational career in Los Angeles schools in 2007, succeeds principal Robin Torres, who was appointed El Monte Union’s assistant superintendent of human resources.

Cuevas was hired as El Monte High’s assistant principal of student services in 2016 and was appointed assistant principal of instruction 2019, helping to implement a multi-tiered system intervention model that focuses on student wellness, providing social-emotional support and delivering high quality instruction in the classroom.

“Due to the school closures and the shift to distance learning, these services are even more critical to our families,” he said. “But nothing will deter us from providing our students with high-quality education in a safe and nurturing environment and helping parents in every way we can.”

Cuevas hopes to help El Monte High students channel their inner roar through instructional support and career technical education pathways, which have the potential of spurring student innovation and provides real-world concepts that will lead them directly to college and career.

“Eddie Cuevas is much more than an experienced administrator with impeccable credentials – he is also a former El Monte Lion who understands the value of education in this community and brings passion to everything he does,” Superintendent Dr. Edward Zuniga said. “His singular commitment to student success makes him a perfect fit for El Monte High School and its students.”