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Mrs. Aguirre believes that every child can learn and grow in ways that surprise and amaze us. She knows that when we work together and persevere we can truly make a difference in each child's learning trajectory. Ms. Aguirre believes that struggle is inevitable. But when we maintain a positive approach, open lines of communication and an understanding that everything can be learned, we build life-long learners and send them off on a path to greatness.  


Mrs. Aguirre is a very visible principal and she states that the best part of her job is visiting students across the school. One of Ms. Aguirre's favorite phrases is: Anyone can be good, but awesome takes practice!  She believes that effort creates ability, engagement fuels practice, and practice fuels learning. 


Mrs. Aguirre has been involved in education for 20 years. She holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Westmont College. She also holds a Masters degree in Educational Administration and an Administrative Credential from California State University Dominguez Hills. Mrs. Aguirre studied at Columbia University's Teachers College Reading & Writing Project for many years and was honored to present her work to teachers for many schools in the Local District South.

Mrs. Aguirre taught 5th, 2nd, and 1st grade, but spent the majority of her teaching career in 3rd grade at Park Western Place Elementary School in San Pedro.  As a result of her success in the classroom, she was asked to lead professional development and curriculum design as assistant principal of instruction at Harry Bridges Span School in Wilmington, where she worked for 6 years. 

Assistant Principal, EIS

Leanne Malinowski, Assistant Principal, EIS

Ms. Malinowski comes to Point Fermin with a rich background in Special Education. She is a champion for students and works to create strong relationships between parents and our school.  Ms. Malinowski is on our campus on Mondays. 

Magnet Coordinator

Christie Caric, Magnet Coordinator, is a San Pedro native. Ms. Caric attended LAUSD schools including the Marine Science Magnet at San Pedro High School. Ms. Caric earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of California in San Diego and a Master's Degree from Cal State Dominguez Hills. Ms. Caric believes firmly in the importance of a quality public education in a democratic society.


Ms. Caric has broad experience working in schools for the past 17 years as an instructional math coach where she worked with teachers in San Pedro, Gardena, and South Los Angeles. She also served as an intervention coordinator for students in grades 3-5 in English Language Arts and Math. And Ms. Caric taught grades 1-5.  She holds fond memories of her teaching experience at Point Fermin in the early 2000’s.


At school Ms. Caric enjoys working with our students, teachers and parents. At home, Ms. Caric enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.