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Longoria keeps focus on equity, student success in Ontario

Ontario Middle School principal Lisa Longoria. (The Enterprise/AUSTIN JOHNSON)

ONTARIO – When Lisa Longoria was a senior at Ontario High School, she became a teen parent.

“It was scary, but my mom taught me strong work ethic,” she said. ““I knew I now have a child, I’m going to have to be more responsible.”

Longoria, now 48, “had to grow up” and care for her daughter. She gave up early dreams of joining the Army in favor of clerical work that was a better match for her new lifestyle. 

She couldn’t have guessed that her work would eventually lead her back to the Ontario School District, first as a teacher and later as an administrator.

Longoria is currently the principal at Ontario Middle School, and last year was named Oregon . . .