Mr. Caruz has spent the last eighteen years of his educational career focusing on socioeconomically disadvantaged and ethnically diverse communities. He believes that schools are centers of their communities. While schools primarily provide academic guidance, they also ensure that student’s basic needs are met, including social and emotional care. Prior to his tenure at Stipe, Mr. Caruz held positions as a teacher where he presented at multiple conferences in employing Exercise Physiology instruction within the Physical Education curriculum. Previously as Academic Dean and Assistant Principal, his areas of foci were the implementation of Early College High School programs and transformational Small Learning Communities. Mr. Caruz received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Kinesiology from San Jose State University, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the Principal Leadership Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a current doctoral student of International Educational Leadership at East Carolina University.