Welcome Parents, Teachers, and Community Leaders, My name is Sharill Cortez and I will be serving as the Innovative Horizons Charter School Principal for the 2019/2020 School Year. I am excited to begin this school year and look forward to working closely with our staff members, families and the community. As a former public school student myself, I strive to provide our PESD students with the best educational experience. Furthermore, this sentiment stems from personal experience, as I was raised by a single mother who endlessly emphasized the importance of an education and ensured my younger sister and I attended the best public school in the area. She also emphasized the importance of attaining good grades and earning a college degree. Consequently, I graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor's in English, followed by a Master's Degree in Education, earned a second Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, and most recently began a doctoral program. I learned that through hard work and dedication, anyone can achieve the goals they have set out to accomplish. All one needs to do to ensure this happens, is to believe in oneself.
We, the parents, and staff, in partnership, will inspire our students with a rigorous, comprehensive standards-based academic foundation, fostering innovations, creativity, and critical thinking while incorporating visual and performing arts, technology, and athletics. Our unique program will develop a strong sense of connectedness and responsibility for the world, our community, and each other.