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Canyon Crest taps Vista official as new principal

ENCINITAS — The San Dieguito Union High School District has tapped a high-ranking Vista Unified School District employee to become the next principal at Canyon Crest Academy.

Brett Killeen, the assistant superintendent of human relations at Vista Unified, was recently named to replace Karl Mueller as principal at Canyon Crest, the district’s newest high school.

He will assume his new post July 1.

Killeen is no stranger to San Dieguito Union High School District.

He served as principal at Torrey Pines High School from 2006 to 2013 before taking the position with Vista Unified.

His children have all attended local schools and his wife teaches at an elementary school in Encinitas.

“The opportunity to return to SDUHSD to lead an amazing school like CCA … is too great to pass up, and I will once again be able to make a more direct and personal contribution to students at the site level as part of a district with a rich history of success. The high school principalship — particularly at a special school like CCA — provides an educational leader the unique opportunity to support and work with all constituencies (students, classified staff, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members) on a daily basis.”

Killeen replaces Mueller, who was recently named superintendent of the Coronado Unified School District. He thanked Vista Unified for the opportunities to serve.

“I will forever be thankful for the opportunity to learn and lead in the Vista Unified School District — it’s truly a fantastic team doing great work for kids every day,” Kileen said. “It is difficult to leave such a great position where my contribution to kids is through the hard work of our committed adults.”

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