Rafael Plascencia is the Principal of Marjorie Veeh Elementary School
Rafael Plascencia is on his second year as principal of Marjorie Veeh Elementary School in the Tustin Unified School District. He is also overseeing the new Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program for transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, first, and second grade students at the school.
In the Dual Language Immersion Program, English-speaking and Spanish-speaking students will learn to read, write, and communicate effectively in Spanish and English. Students will develop bilingual skills and cross-cultural competencies needed to succeed in a multicultural society and global economy.
Mr. Plascencia has worked in education for 25 years, and has worked in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District where he served as principal of Rio Vista and Topaz elementary schools, assistant principal at Rio Vista and supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance.
Under his leadership, Rio Vista was named a 2016 Gold Ribbon School (formerly titled California Distinguished School) by the California Department of Education. The school also received a 2016 California School Board Association’s Golden Bell Award for English Language Acquisition. In 2014, Mr. Plascencia was named Orange County Elementary Principal of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), Region 17. While at Topaz, the school received the California Distinguished School Award in 2010 and the Title I Academic Achievement Award in 2010 and 2011.
Mr. Plascenia has a bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies from California State University, Fullerton; and two master’s degrees in education – school counseling and educational administration from Azusa Pacific University
Additionally, Mr. Plascencia has been a speaker for ACSA and the Orange County Department of Education where he presented on closing the achievement gaps for English learners and students with disabilities.
"I feel extremely humbled and privileged at the opportunity to be joining Tustin Unified and excited to be teaming up with the Veeh Team,” Mr. Plascencia said. “I am really looking forward to the wonderful journey that awaits us.”