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Christina DeSanto
Proud Principal

Christina DeSanto has one focus - to give every scholar the best experience ever! She has spent most of her 30 years in education working with middle school scholars - so it's obvious - middle schoolers are her favorites! She is a passionate leader who always has scholars in the center of every decision.
She grew up in Rockville, Maryland, just outside Washington DC. She earned her bachelor's degree in Communications from Salisbury University and her master's degree in Education from the University of Texas, Arlington. Most of her family lives in Vermont and the suburban DC area.
She began her teaching career in the Dallas Public School system (1993-1997), moved to Oceanside USD, working at King Middle School and Chavez Middle School (1998-2013), and now is part of the Vista USD family. She taught ELD, ELA, Math, Science, and was the ASB and Yearbook advisor for many years. She was honored as the CLMS Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2006. She served as Assistant Principal at King Middle School in Oceanside USD for 5 years before becoming the Inspired Principal of RMMS. In 2021-2022, she was honored with the VUSD Golden Apple Award as Administrator of the Year.

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Christina DeSanto

Assistant Principals
Garry Dillard (all grades: A-L)

Renee Hasan (all grades: M-Z)

Garry Dillard Assistant Principal

Mr. Dillard is humbled and honored to be part of the educational team here in our district. He truly believes that all students deserve our best,  to do their best.  He comes to us having taught at elementary, middle, high school, and adult school levels.  His philosophy is that everyone is a teacher and a learner, and that true potential is reached when growth occurs in a scholar’s mind/thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Mr. Dillard has an array of subjects that he has taught over the years, ranging from all of the core subjects to even electives like Leadership, Public Speaking, and all levels of Spanish which is his favorite subject.  He has also coached many sports at the middle and high school levels such as football, wrestling, basketball, soccer, cross country and track and field.  
Mr. Dillard received his Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara, where he double-majored in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies. He then continued on and received his Masters of Education degree from National University. He is currently working on finishing his Doctorate of Education at University of California, San Diego. He is the proud father of a son at Oceanside High school, and a daughter at MLK Middle school. His favorite hobbies include cooking, eating, movies, sports, reading, karaoke, community service, and music.

Renee Hasan Assistant Principal

Ms. Hasan is honored and ecstatic to be part of the Rancho Minerva Middle School family. She has devoted 16 years of experience in education, and truly looks forward to serving her community. 

Ms. Hasan has spent the last 12 years in San Marcos Unified School District and 4 years in Clark County School District, in Las Vegas Nevada. Throughout her tenure, she has served many roles in education- a General Education Teacher, an Education Specialist, and most recently an instructor for specialized added authorization programs for the San Diego Office of Education as well as a Program Specialist in San Marcos Unified School District supporting students with social-emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs. 

Ms. Hasan’s goal is to work in partnership with Scholars, administration, teachers, and families to develop strong and meaningful relationships, as she feels these partnerships make a huge difference in the future success of each scholar.