Get to know our principals: David Rodriguez, Christie Wells-Artman
Editor’s note: Great schools begin with great people, and Sacramento City Unified has no shortage of talented educators leading our campuses. The eConnection will be profiling principals new to their campuses this year to help our community get to know our administrative team. Today we chat with David Rodriguez and Christie Wells-Artman.
David Rodriguez, Principal, West Campus High School
Hometown: Weed, California
Very first job: “I worked in the fields when I was about 16 or 17 — potatoes and strawberries. My dad was a logger and my mom stayed at home with five kids. I lucked out because I didn’t have to work as much as my older siblings. They really helped to support our family.”
Education: Sacramento State, Bachelor’s of Arts, Spanish (minor in Ethnic Studies); Sacramento State, master’s in Multicultural Education
Previously: A former high school Spanish teacher, Rodriguez is a veteran administrator and was principal at Sutter Middle School before his appointment to West Campus. “Two dreams jobs,” he says.
What I like best about being principal: “The interactions with the kids, the parents and the teachers. It’s the relationships that I like best.”
People would be surprised to know that…: “When I was a student at the College of the Siskiyous I worked at Pizza Factory.”
2015-16 area of focus: ”I want to continue to build our program with a focus on making sure every student is college and career ready.”
Christie Artman-Wells, Principal, New Joseph Bonnheim Community Charter
Hometown: East Los Angeles; her family later moved to Lodi and Wells-Artman graduated from Lodi High School.
First career: Wells-Artman worked in the retail industry before getting her teaching credential. ”I was a group sales manager for Macy’s and later a buyer for Liz Claiborne.” Making decisions about product placement required her to analyze statistics about customers. “I took that skill set — understanding demographics — and applied it to teaching.”
Education: Sacramento State, Bachelor’s of Art, liberal studies; Sacramento State, master’s in Educational Leadership
Previously: Wells-Artman taught at John Bidwell and Freeport elementary schools and was a teacher and Site Instructional Coordinator at Fern Bacon Middle School.
What I like best about being principal: ”I love building relationships. Everything else is secondary.”
People would be surprised to know that…: “I create electronica music and I create films. I’m all about the arts.”
2015-16 area of focus: “Building a school that really serves not just our scholars but our families.”