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Our School: Our Principal

Mr. Cantu is currently serving in his 5th year as principal of St. Anthony School and his 21st as a Catholic school principal.  Though he has been blessed to serve at some very fine schools, St. Anthony is his favorite.  He loves our students, the parish, and our supporting parishes and their pastors, our parish administrator,  the generosity of our community, the dedicated faculty and staff, the diversity, the Catholic Identify  He enjoys coming to work each day and feels he has the best job in the world!  


Mr. Cantu loves learning, no surprise as it goes with the position.  He received his BA in History from UCLA, his teaching credential followed from Loyola Marymount, his MA in School Administration from the University of San Francisco through the Catholic Educational Leadership Institute, and an advanced post master’s Administration license from the University of Portland.  Two years ago, he completed a summer principal program at the University of Notre Dame and is currently in a Catholic School Leadership program out of the University of St. Louis.  Lastly, he was selected by Archbishop Sartain, to enter into the Deacon Formation Program.  Training takes place over a four-year period one weekend a month, and it will not negatively impact his responsibilities at school. God willing, he will be ordained a deacon in four years time and a better principal as a result!   


Our theme this year is Christ be our Light.  We have many academic initiatives in place to begin this coming year- a reinvigorated Writing program, a pilot Science program that we hope to launch school-wide this year, Work continues to improve and upgrade our physical environment, both outside and with the building itself.  Mr. Cantu is also excited to introduce a grammar school version oft he Jesuit prayer known as the Examen this year.  Teachers and students will be trained in how to use this powerful daily prayer at grade appropriate levels. More information to follow. Finally, we have some great new teachers and staff members that have joined us this year. Thank you for your support and or interest in our wonderful school.