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Coronado Unified School District

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Welcome Message

Welcome Message

August 2023
Welcome, Coronado Families, Staff, Students, and Community Members!   
It is with a great deal of enthusiasm and pride that I begin my eighth year as superintendent of CUSD. I look forward to continuing to work in close partnership with our outstanding community of staff, parents, and students. Our talented educators strive to inspire our learners by modeling curiosity, empathy, courage, and confidence. Our dedicated classified colleagues provide critical resources and ensure that our district is operating with efficiency and keep our students healthy, our facilities safe and clean and technology supported.
In CUSD we believe that every child, every day needs a:
  • Connection to something greater than oneself. This may be a club, a sport, friends, an adult, or a social cause.
  • Challenge  This may be academic, personal, social, or thinking critically to improve the condition of self, community, or world. 
  • Champion  This may be an adult who believes in and advocates for them, a peer, or a supportive community. 

When our students have a connection, a challenge, and a champion, they will have the optimism, confidence, and courage to reach their full potential.

I look forward to collaborating with our Governing Board, staff, students, families, and community to model inquiry, empathy and pride. We will foster authentic relationships with all members of our unified community, celebrate the amazing district we share, regularly communicate updates on our long-range planning and goals, and embrace the challenges facing public education and CUSD — all together.
On behalf of the entire CUSD family, welcome!  We are excited to establish strong relationships with all of our students, new and returning. Thank you for entrusting them to us.
Karl Mueller
About the Superintendent

About the Superintendent

Karl Mueller is passionate about schools being a place where all students feel safe, valued and respected. He believes that, before students can learn, they must first know that we care and that their experiences matter. CUSD shows that when someone greets and welcomes students, knows their name and shows curiosity about their talents or interests and believes in them.

Karl is committed to learning and has been an educator in California since 1997. He graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA in History and earned his Master's Degree in Education from Point Loma Nazarene. Prior to becoming superintendent of CUSD, he worked as a teacher, director of a charter school, and as an administrator for comprehensive public high schools. 

Mr. Mueller has been enthusiastically dedicated to the CUSD community for fourteen years. He proudly served the staff and students of Coronado High School (CHS) as ROP/CTE director, assistant principal and principal from 2005-2013. At CHS, he focused on ensuring that each child felt valued and a sense of connectedness to the community, programs, and staff.  In addition, he was committed to creating opportunities for his students to identify and select their path and plans for life beyond school with purpose. He developed Career Technical Education Pathway courses, matriculated courses with local community colleges, and forged a guaranteed admission compact with San Diego State University's Engineering Department.
From 2013-2016, Karl served as principal at Canyon Crest Academy in the San Dieguito Union High School District. During his tenure, he focused on establishing meaningful relationships between staff, parents, and students. To center the health and balance of all members of the school community, he developed a wellness program and initiated schoolwide connection activities and mentoring. To increase student engagement, he empowered their voice in culture building and decision-making. He supported a large increase in enrollment with an emphasis on maintaining the feel of a smaller school and not losing the unique and personal school culture or the connections between peers and colleagues. He facilitated engaging professional development experiences for staff, including leading teams in the transitions in Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards and encouraged cross-curricular collaboration which led to special projects like a Humanities Conservatory and academic excellence. 
Karl returned to CUSD in 2016 and is currently serving in his eighth year as superintendent. He was raised in San Diego and enjoys living here and spending time exploring the world with his family and friends.
State of the District Addresses

State of the District Addresses