Assistant Principal - 2019-20 Welcome Letter

Dear Woodland Hills Academy Students, Parents, Teachers, Staff and Community,


First of all, I would like to thank you for inviting me to join the wolfpack here at WHA as your new Assistant Principal.  What an honor it is to be here with you.  Secondly, I want to welcome all of you back for the 2019-2020 school year!  I am eager to meet and work with each of you and I am looking forward to an amazing year of growth and achievement at Woodland Hills Academy. 


Each fall we have an opportunity start off the new academic year with fresh hopes and the chance to reach new heights as we set goals and strive to reach our full potential.  We have a new group of 6th graders coming to us, along with 7th graders continuing on with one year of middle school experience and 8th graders preparing themselves for high school.  Each student comes in with their own expectations for success and our goal is to help them meet and surpass those expectations. There will always be challenges ahead of us, but it is important to recognize that those challenges are there to give us a chance build character, to learn and to grow.  I hope that each of us will be able to help one another be successful in achieving our goals and dreams while here at Woodland Hills Academy. 


Let me tell you a little about myself.  I have been an educator with LAUSD for 26 years. I started teaching elementary school at Ranchito Elementary and then moved to high school as a teacher, baseball coach, and dean at Monroe High School and then Canoga Park High School.  I am coming to WHA from Jane Addams Continuation High School where I served as a dean and coordinator for the last three years.  I have a wonderful and supportive family.  My wife and I have a daughter and three sons. 

I believe that with a positive attitude, a growth mindset, and good character anyone can achieve great things.  I strive to instill those qualities in our young people and to be a positive role model as well.  We are all here to learn together.  It is my goal to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment that challenges our students to reach beyond their expectations to become lifelong learners who will make the world a better place. 


I am excited about the possibilities that this school year will bring and proud to be part of the WHA wolfpack.  Let’s have a great 2019-2020 together at Woodland Hills Academy.


Thank you,

Jeff Brand, Assistant Principal