Principal, Terrace Elementary
Mr. Ricardo Chaparro started as principal of Terrace Elementary in the Summer of 2019. He was the principal at Collett Elementary for the five years prior to coming to Terrace. Mr. Chaparro has over 29 years of experience in public education. Prior to becoming an administrator, he was a bilingual teacher in the Pomona and Chino Valley School Districts. He started as an administrator in the summer of 2000 and has been a school administrator in Chino, Fontana and Alvord.
He has teaching experience in first, second, third and fifth grades. He has also taught ESL adult school, severely handicapped classes and Emotionally Disturbed classes in Special Education Schools in the Los Angeles County. Before going into education he was an assistant pastor for missions and Hispanic ministries at Calvary Chapel of West Covina.
Mr. Chaparro is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University and Cal Poly Pomona. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Azusa Pacific University, a teaching credential from Cal Poly Pomona and a Masters Degree in Education and an administrative credential from Azusa Pacific University. He is a native of Colombia and before coming to the United States in 1984, he attended the University of Bogota (Tadeo Lozano) where he was seeking a major in Marine Biology. After arriving in the States, he attended Mount San Antonio College for a year and a half in order to learn English fluently enough to continue his education.
Mr. Chaparro has been married to his wife Bobbie, an Azusa Pacific University graduate, since 1990 and has four children: Randy, Marissa, Ciara and Josiah, and one granddaughter, Brooke. He presently lives in Rancho Cucamonga and has been actively involved with his church in Rancho Cucamonga. His hobbies include: tent camping, foreign travel, taking pictures, working on cars, home remodeling, and taking care of his cats and dogs.
Mr. Chaparro loves being a principal. Being around children, guiding and monitoring their education is one of his passions. As a school administrator he never has a boring day. He roams the entire school all day and loves to do lunch line duty because he gets to see every child's face and is able to talk to them while they are in line. He wants to see every student succeed academically and become an outstanding citizen as they grow.