Monterey Hills Elementary Welcomes New Assistant Principal

South Pasadena Unified School District has named Bryant Lopez as the new assistant principal for Monterey Hills Elementary School.

“We’re very excited to announce that Bryant Lopez will join the team leading Monterey Hills Elementary School,” said Superintendent Geoff Yantz. “Mr. Lopez understands how to put students first and has a track record of creating programs that meet their needs and help them excel. He brings a creative, hands-on approach to student socialization and development.”

Lopez recently served as the District’s adapted physical education specialist, a position he has held since 2012. This position encompasses planning and organizing various programs for all five South Pasadena schools. He worked on developing students’ individual education plans (IEPs) and formulated various teaching techniques to better assist students in meeting their goals. Working alongside general education and special education teachers, he also provided resources and ideas to further enhance the physical education experience for students with disabilities. His bilingual skills also helped him to better understand and communicate the needs of parents and students. Outside of these responsibilities, Lopez annually partnered with the Special Olympics to bring funding and programs to South Pasadena High School and Middle School.

Lopez graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a master’s degree in educational administration. He also holds a single subject certification in physical education and adapted physical education. His passion for teaching and working towards making a difference in the lives of students and those around him was one of the reasons why he decided to obtain his administrative services credential. Lopez hopes to share his knowledge and passion with students and teachers in order to create a strong learning environment.

In addition to teaching, Lopez loves to travel and collect records. He spends his spare time boxing, hiking, swimming, running, and practicing meditation and mindfulness.

Monterey Hills Elementary School, 1624 Via Del Rey, South Pasadena, (626) 441-5860 or visit

About South Pasadena Unified School District

Established in 1886, the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) serves approximately 4,800 students within five schools including three elementary schools, one middle school and one comprehensive high school in South Pasadena, California. Nestled in the West San Gabriel Valley, SPUSD has earned a reputation for providing high quality public education, attracting families who value challenging academic programs and outstanding teachers. Consistently recognized for superior performance, SPUSD students earn honors at the local, state and national level. The District draws vital support from parents and community members through the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, local PTAs and booster clubs.

For more information, contact: South Pasadena Unified School District, Office of the Superintendent,

South Pasadena Unified School District, 1020 El Centro St., South Pasadena, (626) 441-5810 or visit








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