Karl Mueller at a May 31 special board meeting. e was not on the agenda. Staff photo by Willem Quigley.

Karl Mueller joined the Coronado Unified School District community in 2005, taking on multiple roles such as Director of Regional Occupation Programs (ROP)/Career Technical Education (CTE), assistant principal and principal until 2013 at Coronado High School. 

Mueller fulfilled other educational roles outside the district for three years, but returned to the Coronado community district to serve as CUSD Superintendent in mid-2016.

Mueller is in his seventh year as superintendent. He considers dedication to education in CUSD is showing students that their interests matter, which fosters an effective learning environment.

“This truly is a special place.”

-CUSD Superintendent Karl Mueller

In a brief interview with The Coronado News, Mueller shared the motive for making a return to the district, success in his current role, and how CUSD is working through challenges that public education currently faces.

Q: Why did you choose to pursue the role of CUSD Superintendent in 2016?

Mueller: Returning to Coronado Unified after proudly serving the staff and students as the principal of Coronado High School from 2005-13 was an exciting opportunity that I had to pursue. I knew applying for this position that the people within our district and community were dedicated to the success of students. This truly is a special place. 

Q: What is the best part of your job as CUSD Superintendent? Why?

Mueller: Realizing the impact our strategic, long range plan can have on the continuum of experiences available, education. and services, K-12, for our students. 

Coronado USD Superintendent Karl Mueller (right) and Board President Renee Cavanaugh look on during December 2022 board meeting. Staff photo by Craig Harris

Q: What are the greatest accomplishments during your seven years as CUSD Superintendent?

Mueller: The expansion of pathways, K-12, in visual and performing arts, STEM, and world language. 

Q: What do you consider are challenges CUSD and public education currently face that your role is working to resolve?

“We concentrate our efforts and attention on serving each child in our care with an understanding that the skills, interests, and world ahead of our students evolves and changes.”

–CUSD Superintendent Karl Mueller

Mueller: The current challenges faced in public education are, and always have been, how to best meet the needs of every child, every day. Creating the conditions for our students to prepare them for life beyond twelfth grade is the primary role of public education. We concentrate our efforts and attention on serving each child in our care with an understanding that the skills, interests, and world ahead of our students evolves and changes. 

Q: What are the greatest positives that pertain to CUSD?

Mueller: The focus and determination of the people within our district to serve children, our engaged and supportive parents and community partners, and our amazing staff and students.

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Julieta is a reporter for The Coronado News, covering education, small business and investigating the Tijuana/Coronado sewage issue. She graduated from UC Berkeley where she studied English, Spanish, and Journalism. Apart from reporting, Julieta enjoys reading, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends.

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