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Principal Derrick Lawson is the first alumnus of Indio High School to return and serve as principal. He was born and raised in Indio and is a proud graduate of the Indio High School Class of 1980 as a K-12 DSUSD student. In addition to his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from California State University, San Bernardino, he taught for the University’s Teacher preparation program. He taught at Jackson, Roosevelt, and Monroe Elementary Schools as well as Wilson Middle school before becoming a Principal at Kennedy Elementary and later opened two new schools: Johnson Elementary and Paige Middle School. He returned to Indio High School in 2016. The 2021-2022 school year marks his 37th year in education.   

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Aimee Druyon was born and raised in Indio and is a proud graduate of the Indio High School Class of 1995. After high school she attended College of the Desert and California State University, Fullerton where she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. Once she graduated from college, she eagerly returned to the desert to begin teaching at Indio High. Since beginning her career in education 19 years ago, she has taught in both the Physical Education and Social Studies departments at Indio as well as been the Activities Director and an Instructional Coach. As an Assistant Principal she now oversees the Counseling Department, Instruction, and Student Activities.

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Mrs. Rodriguez has been in education for 13 years. She started her teaching career in the Coachella Valley Unified School District where she taught Language Arts. She was eager to return home to Indio High School, her alma mater. She started teaching English at Indio High School in 2006. While at IHS, she has served as English Department Chair, WASC Coordinator, and Project Facilitator before becoming an Assistant Principal in 2013. Mrs. Rodriguez oversees State and Federal Projects, the English Learner program, and Assessment & Accountability.

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