Admin Team

Hi Bulldog Community!

My name is Kristen Wood and I am your new La Quinta Middle STEM Academy principal. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school which is known for its dedication to excellence, but more importantly, for its dedication to supporting middle school students! Over the past 27 years in education, I have worked with a variety of middle school and high school students.  My last administrative experience was in DSUSD’s Educational Services Division as our Local Control and Accountability Coordinator. I am eager to bring my skills as an educational leader to La Quinta Middle and work with you as a partner in education as I learn all of our Bulldogs personalities, learning styles, and interests. 

I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established by La Quinta Middle by building strong relationships with students, staff, parents, and community partners. We will focus on the use of data to drive instruction and provide consistent implementation of a rigorous curriculum. 

As your principal, it is important to me that everyone who enters our school feels welcome and is excited to be here!  This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive and, most importantly, nurturing environment.  My door is always open and I welcome your input.

Please feel free to call or email me, and follow me on social media! I look forward to working with you as a team to help all students meet their goals and aspirations.

With much Bulldog PRIDE!

   Kristen Wood

E-Mail: [email protected]


                              Kristen Wood            gotbulldogpride         @GotBulldogPride








Mr. Romero, Assistant Principal

Welcome families!  Helping students learn and achieve is my passion, and I am excited for the opportunity to serve all of our students, staff, and families.  The easiest way to reach me is via email at [email protected].  You can also reach me at our school phone number at (760) 777-4220 at extension 26112.  I look forward to working with you!  

With Bulldog P.R.I.D.E.,

Mr. Romero



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