Dr. Cynthia Colón joined Chaminade College Preparatory on July 1, 2015 as the school’s new high school principal. Prior to joining the Chaminade family, Dr. Colón served as principal at St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey, California. She has also worked at Marymount High School in Los Angeles, and Vassar College in New York.
We sat down with her to ask a few questions and got to know our new principal.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Bellflower, California, and attended Bellflower High School (BHS). At the time, the school went from 7th through 12th grade, and we were all on one campus. BHS was where I found confidence and learned what kind of leader I would become. I had a supportive father who supported my dream of becoming ASB President. I will never forget the day I was called to the podium to give my speech. I was dwarfed by the intimidating podium so I walked up, removed the microphone from its container, and stood in front of 2,000 students recounting the stories of why they should elect me. It worked and I won.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy running, dancing, and singing in my car. I am also trying to do more in the city of Los Angeles. I have lived here most of my life and there are still so many things I have not done or seen. I just went to the Greek Theatre for the first time. What an incredible city we live in.
Do you have any pets?
Elvis is my little love. He is a malti-poo, as I am actually allergic to dogs. Just one week after completing my doctorate, I was “bored.” I didn’t know what to do with all the time on my hands. Elvis was 11 weeks old, and I fell in love. He is sure to make a showing on campus sometime this year!
What is your favorite color?
Red has always been my favorite color, and then I went to USC, so it was fitting. I am getting used to wearing blue and orange. Perhaps a new favorite color is on the horizon.
What’s your favorite food?
I love Chinese food. Honestly, it reminds me of home. Most Friday nights we’d get Chinese food and watch Dallas. As a grown up, I must admit I try to eat healthy foods. I don’t leave the house before making my chocolate protein shake with frozen blueberries.
What are your favorite books?
As a leader, one of my favorite books is Jim Collins’ Good to Great. I also love historical fiction, and Lady in the Tower is one of my favorites. In the voice of Anne Boleyn, it gives an account of the days leading up to her beheading. When I can, I like to read adult fiction. I’m currently re-reading The Luxe series.
What are your favorite movies?
My all-time favorite movie is L.A. Confidential, a close second is Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. I also love Pride and Prejudice.
What are you looking forward to this year?
I am so interested in learning about everything at Chaminade. This is an incredibly busy place with so many opportunities for students, and I simply want to know what we do and why we do it. I plan on trying to learn the student names, and yet I keep thinking that there are over 1,300 students. It may take me all year, and then I’ll have to learn 350 new names.