Meet Our Principal

Dr. Esther Tamanaha

Phone: 626-599-5401


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Dr. Esther Tamanaha

Dr. Tamanaha was born in South Korea and lived on a farm before moving to Los Angeles when she was seven years old. Being the only child of immigrant parents who had less than a sixth grade education, and who did not speak English, she would describe herself as an at-risk learner. She firmly believed that if it were not for a few key educators, her life might have taken a different trajectory. That is why she decided to pursue a career in education where she can now also positively affect the lives of others. Dr. Tamanaha began her journey in the field of education in 2006. She holds a degree in English and a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. Her love for learning carried her to Cal Poly Pomona for a Master of Education degree, and then finally to the University of Southern California, where she completed her doctoral studies in 2014. With thirteen years of experience, first as a high school English teacher at Hacienda La Puente Unified, then as a district curriculum coordinator, and most recently as a high school assistant principal at Rowland Unified. In addition to her love for education, Dr. Tamanaha also enjoys reading, traveling, and exploring amazing places to eat with her family and friends. Nowadays, she and her husband spend most of their time chasing around their four year-old son Zachary and 10 month-old twins Charlotte and Olivia.