From a new principal, to the new Enclave, to a new theatre, to a clock tower, to several new teachers, and to new programs, the 2015-2016 school year is known as the school year of change. On May 26, former counselor Erik Pannizzo was promoted to Assistant Principal for Costa Mesa Middle School. Taking his place is Ms. Stemler. Though most of the students will miss his charm and pleasant company, Mr. Pannizzo is quite thrilled for this new transition.
“[The promotion] feels good, [it's] exciting. I can still do some counseling, and I still want to help out the kids in any way I can.”
Despite his departure, many students continue to turn to him for advice rather than going to their assigned counselor.
“I love it!” He rejoiced. “I hope it continues for years to come. I want to connect to students.”
Going from School Counselor to Assistant Principle is a huge change, especially in discipline and the fact that it's a complete change in responsibility for the school.
Mr. Pannizzo continues on and states that the “work load has changed, it's different. Now, I support the Middle and High School teachers and students rather than just the students.”
Even with the new job and busy schedule, Mr. Pannizzo still makes an effort to always be there with whoever comes to him for guidance and/or support. For example he says "I try my best to still connect to them. When I'm out in the Quad during lunch I say “Hello” to show that I'm able to help them and to let them know that I'm available.”
And with a new job comes with new co-workers that he must work side by side with. Knowing Mr. Panizzo and his charisma, adjusting with his new colleagues was no sweat.
“We all get along great! We all go to dinner and lunch. I believe we are going to do great things for Costa Mesa Middle and High School.”
Written by Madeline Villanueva