Welcome! My name is Azucena de la Cruz and I am your student's AP Psychology or Psychology teacher. I have been teaching at Elsinore High School for the past 7 years and I absolutely love it! Prior to EHS I was a Social Studies teacher at Terra Cotta Middle School for 5 years. In total I have been a teacher for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District for 12 years. I have also been a basketball coach for many years at EHS and currently I am an Assistant Coach for the MiraCosta College Women's Basketball Program in Oceanside. I serve as the Director of Recruitment. MiraCosta College is a 2-year California Community College and coaching there has been a blast! In my free time I enjoy reading, going to the beach, basketball, hiking, fitness, hip hop music, scrapbooking, and hanging out with friends and family.
EHS holds a special place in my heart as I am an alumnus. It's fun to teach where I attended school! I graduated from EHS in 2001 and then furthered my education at the University of Redlands from 2001-2005. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with minors in Spanish, Government, and Economics in 2005. I absolutely loved my undergraduate experience at the University of Redlands and decided to complete a California Teaching Credential in History-Social Science in 2006 and a Master of Arts Degree in Education in 2011 from there as well.
As a teacher I believe in academic rigor, the development of critical thinking skills, and the importance of hard work. I look forward to getting to know your student and helping him/her on their academic journey here at Elsinore High School. My ultimate goal is to prepare them for life after high school whether that be a 4 year college, a community college, vocational school, or the military. Please feel free to contact me at any time. Go Tigers!