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Meet Your Principal

Dr. Salas Dr. Estela Salas


Dr. Salas is honored to be in her fourth year serving as the principal of Raymond Temple Elementary. As a school, Raymond Temple has one goal: To bring a world class educational program through an opportunity for all mindset.

Raymond Temple is proud to have three thriving gardens: TK/Kinder growing and digging area; primary gardens boasting regional plants, edible gardens, and outdoor seating; and our therapeutic gardens lead by our team of mentors known as ATOMS. In addition to our commitment to a world class environmental science program, we are trailblazers in innovative communication. Recently our media team was nationally recognized as a 2018 TechXcellence school for innovative media endeavors. The future is bright at Raymond Temple as we continue to create opportunities for all in both technology and real world hands on experiences. We have many opportunities on the horizon: farm to table cooking program, compost lunch program to reduce waste, virtual fieldtrips, and an augmented reality immersive learning space.

Dr. Salas’ 23-year career began in the classroom teaching grades 1st through 5th for Downey USD, piloting the first Sheltered English Immersion class for the district. She was the first teacher in her district to have a BCLAD credential making her highly qualified to teach in two languages.

In 2019, Dr. Salas was nominated as ACSA Principal of the Year for Centralia. During the same year she also represented the 39th District of the State of California as one of the recipients of the 2019 Woman of Achievement Award, and received the Administrator of the Year Award from California Educators of the Deaf.

Dr. Salas earned her bachelor’s degree at California State, Dominguez Hills, Kindergarten – 9th grade teaching credential and Masters in Multicultural Education. She earned her Doctorate Degree from California State University, Fullerton.