Celebrating 10 years of Leadership and Success! Congratulations, Mrs. DiCosmo!
On a warm and sunny day In August of 2007, Mrs. DiCosmo walked into Cerritos for her first day as Principal. Her experience as a teacher for 13 years, district lead teacher for 6 years, and Assistant Principal for 3 years gave her a solid foundation for her professional journey. The community was welcoming and embraced having a new principal. The school looked very different than it does today as the office was located in the center of the school, but for Mrs. DiCosmo the long white hallways were a blank slate just ready for her special touch. In 2007, 17 of our current staff members were part of Mrs. DiCosmo’s inaugural year. Together, the staff set out on a journey to work toward a new vision that has built the foundation of where Cerritos is today.
Under Mrs. DiCosmo’s leadership, Cerritos has shown growth and change. Environmental changes include the creation of a garden, beautiful murals painted by staff and students, two front office remodels, new playground equipment, and colorful hallways. Many new traditions have been started including 5th graders selecting a new quote to go on the walls each year, our famous Leaders of Cerritos walk of fame, cultural flags lining the hallways for students born in different countries, and our Lunch on the Lawn event.
Mrs. DiCosmo has brought many new programs to Cerritos, but the most notable program is our Leadership program that uses the 7 Habits of highly effective people as guiding principles. Under Mrs. DiCosmo’s guidance and the full support from the staff, Cerritos was recognized at the 27th school, worldwide, with the honor of being a Leader in Me Lighthouse school. Over the years Cerritos has had many distinguished visitors at our biannual Leadership days, including Mr. Sean Covey! Mrs. DiCosmo is very proud of the Cerritos leadership program and that we are an A+ school of excellence and an Ashoka Changemaker School.
In addition to growth and change in her professional life, Mrs. DiCosmo’s personal life has changed as well. She now has 3 married children, 6 grandchildren and a 7th on the way. Congratulations!