Jim D'Agostino, Ed. D

Santiago Charter Middle School
Orange, California

Dr. Jim D’Agostino is in his 7th year as the Principal/Executive Director at Santiago Charter Middle School. He takes pride in being visible to parents and students and demonstrates that by greeting everyone each morning as they enter the Santiago campus. His philosophy of making everyone feel welcomed and valued into the school, while continuing to strive toward academic excellence, is part of the leadership style that he brings to the school and the entire school community. His positive attitude and energy has helped to create a very welcoming and caring culture at Santiago which has resulted in increased enrollment and community involvement. The idea of being a “Champion for Kindness” is something that Jim believes in very strongly at a moral level and he tries to model that philosophy with everyone he encounters.