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Principal's Message

Dear Friends and Families of Central Coast New Tech High School,


Words struggle to capture how excited I am to be the principal of Central Coast New Tech High School. I was blessed to help open the school as a teacher alongside a group of passionate people focused on transforming education and creating a safe, engaging, and rigorous educational experience for both students and staff.  Serving as principal fills me with passion and pride and I look forward to getting to know each one of my students and to leading an amazing staff dedicated to creating learning opportunities focused on authentic and active exploration, academic rigor, and adult connections.  Students need to be active in their education and I love that our Project Based Learning approach promotes learning by doing.  It is not enough to simply teach students the facts-students have to see the why behind what they are learning and to critically think about applying their learning to the world around them. I am excited to work at a school in which teachers personalize learning based off the needs and interests of the learner so that each student has the opportunity to connect their passions to the curriculum. I am excited to be involved in a school community that is accepting and supportive because exceptional learning occurs through the base of a strong school culture.  I am proud to work in a school in which parents tell me: “I wish high school looked like this when I was a teenager”.  I come from a background of teaching three years at the collegiate level,  three years at a traditional comprehensive high school, seven years at New Tech High Schools, and two years as an administrator at Arroyo Grande High School.  I am credentialed in both English and Social Science and have an MA in Educational Leadership and Administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as well as an MA in English from Cal Poly and a BA in English from UCSB.  Additionally, I am both a certified teacher and a certified trainer through the New Tech Network. In closing, let me say that it is an honor to guide your students through this important stage in life and to work with you, the families, and community members to prepare our young people to be college and career ready.



Christian Holst