Proud Principals

Oak Crest Middle School (OCMD) and Diegueno Middle School (DMD) of San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) have gained new principals this past year – Ben Taylor and Jeffrey Copeland, respectively. Ben served as assistant principal at OCMD last year and is looking forward to continue working at a school that is such a tight community. “The students have so much energy and intelligence – it’s a joy to work with them on a daily basis. The teachers here care deeply for the students and work incredibly hard to meet their needs,” Ben shared. Having worked as assistant principal at both Carmel Valley Middle School and Canyon Crest Academy, this is Jeffrey’s eighth year with SDUHSD. “I am looking forward to seeing Diegueno continue to improve,” said Jeffrey. “We are always looking to improve our interventions for struggling students and our overall staff collaboration.”

Ben grew up in Mission Viejo and currently resides with his wife and two children in Temecula, using the commute as a time to reflect on the job. Jeffrey hails from Chicago, IL, and has lived in San Diego County since 1990 with his wife of 17 years and two sons. Both Ben and Jeffrey feel blessed to work with the SDUHSD and their respective campuses. “The students have so much energy and intelligence – it’s a joy to work with them on a daily basis. The teachers here care deeply for the students and work incredibly hard to meet their needs,” Ben reflected. On his experience so far with DMD, Jeffrey expressed, “I love our energetic and creative staff, and the students are incredible. They are kind, generous, and gifted. I am also enjoying the community as a whole.” To learn more about the SDUHSD visit www.sduhsd.net.