now an assistant principal
Today, Dana Craig is the assistant principal at Northview High School in Covina, but back when he was a high school student himself, that prospect seemed unlikely.
“I never thought I’d be a high school assistant principal,”says Dana, whose experience at Mt. SAC opened his eyes to a world of possibilities.
Dana enrolled in the liberal studies program at Mt. SAC. He also took extra science courses because of his interest in physical therapy.
“Mt. SAC provided me with the guidance that I needed to take a full load of courses and make me university eligible,”Dana says. “The teachers here at Mt. SAC helped prepare me for what was ahead.”
While at Mt. SAC, Dana took advantage of the extracurricular opportunities that were offered and was part of the Mountie wrestling team. He excelled in athletics and was named a two-time All-American in wrestling. But he also was mindful of his course work. Together with the support he received from his professors, Dana built confidence in his academic skills.
“They helped me believe in myself and gave me the confidence to do well academically,”he says.
From Mt. SAC, Dana transferred to Brigham Young University on a full-ride wrestling scholarship. He earned his bachelor’s in health sciences, taught elementary school and high school for the Covina Valley Unified School District, and later was named dean and assistant principal at Northview High. He went on to earn his master’s in education and coached Northview wrestlers to nine CIF championships and a state championship.
In 2005, he would go on to earn his master’s in education from Azusa Pacific University, but Mt. SAC always has a special place in his heart.
“Mt. SAC was the place that sharpened my skills set and provided solid constructive feedback.”
In fact, several of his family members have attended Mt. SAC, and everyone in his family, at one time or another, has attended a community college.