Meet Santiago Navarro ‘91
As the educators of Rochester Catholic Schools continue to pave the path, alumnus Santiago Navarro ‘91 is also making a difference in the lives of the students and families he serves through his work as principal at Bruce-Guadalupe Middle School near the south side of Milwaukee.
The school is part of United Community Center, which provides Hispanic students and families with a holistic range of services including education, health programs, community development, and cultural arts. Navarro also helped start the sister school, Acosta Middle School.
He began at Bruce-Guadalupe as a fifth-grade teacher in 1996 and has been principal since 2009. Navarro is proud that Bruce-Guadalupe places more students in Catholic high schools than any other school in the Milwaukee area. He feels strongly that the Catholic education he received as a student helped shape his work today.
"My time at St. Pius X and Lourdes helped me to recognize the rigor in schools that is needed to prepare young minds for the future,” said Navarro. “I realized how fortunate I was to have so many wonderful, passionate teachers and coaches in my life that I wanted to have a similar impact on youth.”