PHS teacher, coach makes move to Creekside as assistant principal
by Maddy Houk
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Instead of heading to Patterson High School for work, as he did the past six years, Agustin Arreola is getting used to a new routine since assuming the post of second-in-command at Creekside Middle School two weeks ago.

“This is my first week as an assistant principal at Creekside, and I’ve been busy settling in,” Arreola, who will be 33 on Feb. 2., said Friday, Jan. 18.

The educator takes the place of Kerry McWilliams, who became Creekside’s principal as of Jan. 1.

Patterson Joint Unified School District trustees approved Arreola’s promotion during their Jan. 14 meeting.

“I am excited to be a part of a dedicated staff that is fully committed to providing a quality education to students and preparing them for a successful transition to high school,” Arreola said. “I truly believe Creekside is moving in the right direction and look forward to contributing towards establishing Creekside as one of the preeminent schools in the county.”

Arreola has eight years of teaching experience, six of those years as a social science teacher at Patterson High, where he coaches varsity boys basketball. He has coached at various levels for more than 10 years.

Phil Alfano, superintendent of Patterson Joint Unified School District, said Arreola is a good fit for the job.

“We’re looking forward to having Agustin on our administrative team,” Alfano said. “He has proven himself as a leader in the classroom and on the basketball court.”

The new assistant principal graduated from San Benito High School in Hollister and earned a degree in history from San Jose State University and a teaching credential from National Hispanic University.

Arreola earned his administrative credential from California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock, and is completing requirements there for a master’s degree in education administration.

A native of Hollister, he is the eighth child of immigrants from Mexico and worked in the fields as a youth. He is married to Mayra Arreola, a Turlock High School counselor, and is the father of Olivia, 3, and Max, 9 months.

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or maddy@pattersonirrigator.com.

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