Coronado Superintendent

Welcome Message

August 2018

Welcome, Coronado Families, Staff, Students, and Community Members!   Superintendent Mueller Quote

It is with a great deal of enthusiasm and pride that I begin my third year serving you as Superintendent of the Coronado Unified School District. I look forward to continue working alongside our dedicated faculty and community with a focus on sustaining a culture where each individual student is empowered in building confidence while pursuing his/her passions in a safe and supportive environment.  As a unified team, we are excited to continue exploring programs, new and engaging curricula, and innovative programs designed to cultivate the potential and promise of each child in our care. 

I believe that students’ experiences are defined by the connections they share with the greater school community. A sense of connectedness nurtures an inclusive culture that celebrates and values the interests and passions of each individual child. This promotes confidence, acceptance, and an appreciation for diverse perspectives. We will continue our efforts in promoting positive character throughout the year through shared experiences designed to foster kindness and empathy while focusing on the physical and emotional health and wellness of our students.

I look forward to collaborating with our CUSD Governing Board, Staff, Parents, Community, and Students in modeling inquiry, humility, and pride. We will embrace the transitions facing public education and funding in CUSD, regularly communicate updates on our district goals, establish new relationships with all members of our UNIFIED community, celebrate the amazing district we share, and face all challenges—together.

On behalf of the entire CUSD family, welcome back; we are excited to begin cultivating relationships with our new and returning students—thank you for entrusting them to us.


Karl Mueller


About the Superintendent

Karl Mueller was raised in San Diego County and has been an educator in California since 1997 as a teacher, director of a Charter School, and as an administrator for comprehensive public high school students. Karl graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA in History and earned his Masters Degree in Education from Point Loma Nazarene. Karl is married to his wife, Lia, and enjoys exploring the world with his two sons, William and Finnegan.

Karl proudly served the staff and students of Coronado High School (CHS) as principal and ROP/CTE director from 2005-20013. At CHS, Karl was passionate about creating opportunities for his students to identify and select, with purpose, placements for '13th Grade' or other academic opportunities. He developed CTE Pathway courses, matriculated courses with local community colleges, and forged a 'guaranteed admission' compact with San Diego State University. In addition, Karl focused on ensuring that each child felt valued and a sense of connectedness to the CHS community, programs, and staff.

Mr. Mueller began serving as principal at Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) in the San Dieguito Union High School District in 2013. During his tenure at CCA, Karl supported a growing enrollment (from 1750 to 2500 students), facilitated engaging professional development experiences for staff in both CCSS and NGSS, developed a 'Raven Wellness' program and curricula that focuses on the health and balance of all members of the CCA community, and established meaningful relationships with staff, parents, and students.

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