Principal Byron Briggs is the K-5 School Principal at the Guidance Charter School. He comes with 25 years of experience in teaching, counseling, as an assistant principal and principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels in the Compton Unified and Long Beach Unified School Districts. A holder of three Masters of Arts in Multi-Cultural Education, Counseling and Public School Administration, he also attained an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and strives to continue to help students become life long learners and productive citizens. In his personal life, Mr. Briggs enjoys spending time with his family and jet skiing. Mr. Briggs looks forward to working for the student, parents and community members of The Guidance Charter School and the Palmdale community.
Mr. Byron Briggs
Mr. Suresh Bajnath is the Middle and Highschool Principal and visionary at the Guidance Charter School. He comes in with years of expertise as a Principal in both elementary and middle schools from two previous school districts in the region. Prior to entering administration in 2001, he served as a successful tenured classroom teacher primarily at the high school level in both British and American schools.
Mr. Bajnath has an outstanding academic background in the field of education that includes excelling at graduate levels, being able to use data to guide decisions, and training in the area of Professional Learning Communities and Transformational Leadership.
A two-time valedictorian at graduate level, Mr. Bajnath holds himself, his staff and his students to the highest global standards. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography from the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1998, Mr. Bajnath received his Teaching Credential and a Master of Arts in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from Chapman University followed by a Master of Arts in Educational Administration in 2000 and a Professional Administrative Services Credential from California State University, Bakersfield in 2004.
Mr. Bajnath uses a participative, collaborative approach as a school leader. Stakeholders use the best educational practices to prepare all students for college, career and citizenship readiness to cope with today’s technological, competitive environment. He is known for his organizational ability to plan, schedule and monitor; to use resources in an optimal fashion; and to conduct a heavy varied workload at a fast pace and with brevity. He has several administrative accomplishments to his credit including multiple years of double-digit API growth at Shadow Hills Intermediate School and Golden Poppy School, Palmdale School District and the highest middle school API growth in Kern County in 2013. Mr. Bajnath also had success in grant writing and updating the LCAP.
Mr. Bajnath is excited to be back in Palmdale. He plans to use his strong personal vision and his stronger organizational vision to build a solid relationship with the community. He subscribes to the philosophy that “everybody counts” in the academic, social and emotional development of every student.
Mr. Bajnath is married and is the father of three children. He brings a selfless leadership philosophy to the Guidance Charter School. He will welcome the staff, students, and community; live among them; lead them; serve them; learn from them; plan with them; start with what they know; and build on what they have. He is proud to be from the Antelope Valley and to serve his local community as Principal.