Eric Guthertz, a Bay Area native, has been the principal of Mission High School in San Francisco for eight years. He began his teaching career over 25 years ago as an eighth grade English and English as a second language teacher in East Los Angeles. He then created and directed The Bill Wilson School, a comprehensive high school for homeless and runaway teens in the Bay Area. Guthertz began teaching English at Mission High School 16 years ago and was the English department chair and assistant principal before becoming principal. Guthertz completed the Stanford Principal Fellows Program, and was a recipient of the 2013 Dream Catcher Award for his support of arts education. In 2014, Guthertz was a recipient of the Mayor’s Principal of the Year award and was awarded the Association of California School Administrators’ Region 5 Secondary Principal of the Year in 2015. In 2016, he received the Aim High Educator of the Year Award and was featured in “Mission High: One School, How Experts Tried To Fail It, And The Students And Teachers Who Made It Triumph.” Guthertz earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s in education from UCLA.