Charil D. Macaraeg, Ed.D.


Dr. MacaraegI am excited to serve as the Principal of Rancho Verde High School. I have served as an educator for many years in various capacities and have been a school administrator for the last five years in the Val Verde Unified School District.
I was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in a military family. After high school, I attended the University of California, Berkeley, where I majored in Sociology. I obtained my teaching credential from CSU Hayward and began my teaching career as an elementary school teacher in Richmond, California. From there I moved to southern California and obtained a Masters In Social Work from CSU San Bernardino. I continued to pursue my passion for working in the education within LAUSD. I joined the Val Verde family in 2004 as an alternative education high school teacher. I pursued my doctoral degree from the University of Southern California and graduated with an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in 2011. I went on to serve as an Assistant Principal at Citrus Hill High School before coming to Rancho Verde.
My husband James and I have three amazing and energetic boys, Xavier, Vincent, and Dominic, who are students in our wonderful district. My family drives me to always do my best and brings me joy every day.
I am honored to have this opportunity to serve as the Principal of Rancho Verde High School. We will always continue to focus on our shared purpose to provide the best educational opportunities for all students and prepare them with the tools necessary to be successful in the 21st century world.

Twitter: @RVHSPrincipal16 Instagram: @RVHSPrincipal16
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Brunel Merilus

Assistant Principal
Intervention and Attendance

Mr. BrunelIt is with great enthusiasm that I join the Val Verde Unified family and the Rancho Verde Administration Team. I have been in education for 20 years and deeply believe in the necessity and importance of training ones mind, body, and soul.

 I was born and raised in Placentia California. I attended Cal State University Fullerton obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Business Marketing. I enjoyed working in the business world, however I found the volunteer work I did with local teens to be much more fulfilling. I went back to school and obtained my teaching credential and then my Masters in Educational Administration from Cal State LA. In 1996 I began teaching Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District where I also taught at the high school level. I began my career in Administration in the Fall of 2005. I have had the opportunity to serve as an administrator at both the Middle and High school Levels. I am blessed with a lovely wife, son, and daughter who spur me on to be the best man that I can be. I feel so very fortunate to be able to support and encourage the students and staff at Rancho Verde.

I look forward to giving my all in helping to educate the youth here at Rancho Verde High School so that they may be successful professionally and personally in our ever changing world.


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Kevin Stipp

Assistant Principal
Counseling and Curriculum

StippOriginally from Indiana where I graduated with a BA in Geology from Hanover College. I then moved on to Ball State University, earning an MA in Natural Resources. Upon graduation from Ball State I took a position with Dresser Atlas in the oil fields of Oklahoma, working as a geological engineer for the company for the next 5 years. Following this experience I moved to California and earned my teaching certificate from UC Irvine and took a science teaching position at Valley HS in Santa Ana. During my 14 years at Valley I taught Science and P.E., with additional assignments as a football, head basketball, and baseball coach. In 2000 I came to Rancho Verde as a science teacher and a few years later became the Athletic Director. My wife Lois and I live in Hemet and have two children, Jacob 33 and Jessica 28, who both live in the Phoenix area.
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Juan Santos

Assistant Principal
Facilities and CTE


Education is one things that I value the most. For most of my elementary school years I grew up in Tijuana, Mexico and for secondary school I attended school in San Ysidro, California. I am fluent in Spanish and English and through my educational journey I can say that I have been an English Learner and also a former AVID student and tutor. Thanks to the AVID program I attended San Diego State University and received a B.A. in Psychology and then later pursued a M.A. in Educational Counseling, a PPS credential and an Administrative credential from National University. I have had the pleasure of working as a Counselor and Assistant Principal at both the middle school and the high school levels. I have also taught college courses at Mt. San Jacinto College and consider myself a lifelong learner.  Prior to coming to Valverde Unified School District, I had the great pleasure of working in Temecula Valley Unified School District (Chaparral High School and Gardner Middle School). I am married to my amazing wife Rosa and have two awesome children (Dante 11 and Sofia 9) who inspire me to grow as a father and husband every day

Twitter: @APRVHSMustangs
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Emily Vazquez

Instructional Coach
Math, Science and CTE

Emily Vazquez is a graduate of the Val Verde District, the district she currently serves.  She attended schools in Val Verde Unified for grades K-12.  Ms. Vazquez moved to Moreno Valley at the age of two.  Her family came to Moreno Valley because her dad was in construction.  The homes by Rainbow Ridge and March Air Force Base were built by her family and named after people she grew up with.  Amongst those streets you will find “Tiffin Court,” named after her family. When she was in high school she began to notice that she enjoyed math and that it was something that came easy to her compared to other subjects.  Unfortunately, she didn’t have many financial opportunities available to her but she was determined to put herself through college so she spent a few years at Riverside Community College where she really found that she had a gift for teaching.  She became a tutor at RCC and helped people of all ages and skill level.  She was then hired to work at RCC’s Math Lab and eventually became the Tutorial Services Supervisor until her first day teaching at her alma mater, Rancho Verde High School, and has been here ever since.  She is a passionate educator with expertise in secondary curriculum development, classroom management, and relationship building.  Her educational background and focus on serving students has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities as well as community and school leadership roles.  Emily is currently serving our district as our Math Instructional Coach at Rancho Verde High School.  In addition, Emily is a question writer for the EADMS bank, BTSA provider, a district lead for fourth courses, a consulting teacher, a club advisor, HP Prime Presenter, and creator of sprout LAB tutoring program offered in our district.  She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and classroom experiences with you, parents, students, and staff..
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Ashley Rodriguez

Instructional Coach

Ashley Rodriguez is I am proud to have been a part of the Val Verde USD family since fourth grade and have attended Val Verde Elementary, Victoriano Elementary and Rancho Verde High School. After graduating from Rancho in 1996, I went to UCLA and earned a Bachelor's degree in English, while becoming heavily immersed in the Spoken Word poetry scene. Originally pursuing a career in journalism, I became serious about teaching after tutoring young men at a juvenile detention center in Los Angeles. I returned to Rancho Verde in 2000 to begin teaching English and AVID alongside some of my former teachers. Since returning, I earned my Masters degree in Education from National University, and became a Teacher Consultant for the Inland Area Writing Project at UC Riverside. After 16 years in the classroom, I became an Instructional Coach and am excited to serve the school, district, and community in this new capacity.

I currently live in Perris with my husband, Marcelo and our five-year-old daughter McKenzie, who just began her Val Verde career in the Triple Crown Elementary Dual Language Immersion Program.
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Norman Diaz, Ed.D.

Athletic Director

Dr. DiazAs a native of California I earned my Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Long Beach and my Master of Science in Educational Administration from California State University, Fullerton. In 2005, I earned a Doctorate Degree from the University of La Verne in Organizational Leadership. I began teaching PE and coaching track and field and cross country in Orange County. Recently, I worked for the Alvord Unified School district in Riverside at Wells Middle School and for the last 10 years at La Sierra High School as a PE teacher, Track and Cross Country coach and Athletic Director. I am excited and blessed to join Rancho Verde High School as Assistant Principal of Athletics and look forward too many future successes within the athletics program. My wife Theresa and I live in Orange County and I enjoy spending time traveling, running, surfing or just walking on the beach. It will be a sincere pleasure to serve the students, staff, parents and community of Val Verde USD.
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