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Meet Our Principal

Mr. Ignacio Cantu Jr.

Mr. Ignacio Cantu Jr.

Born to migrant farmworkers who settled in the Central Valley, Mr. Cantu appreciates and respects the hard work it takes to make a genuine difference. He joins Joseph Widmer with 25 years of experience working in education, having worked with students at all grade levels, from kindergarten through 12th grade. He served as a school administrator for 15 years before accepting his most recent role as an Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.

As he steps into this new role, Mr. Cantu is excited to build positive relationships with students, teachers, families, continue to provide a safe learning environment for all Wildcats, and focus on high levels of student engagement and learning.

I am honored for the opportunity to join MUSD and work with the Joseph Widmer community. It means so much to lead a school site where I can narrow my focus and directly impact the lives of students, staff, and parents. By emphasizing social-emotional learning in addition to academic instruction, we will maintain a strong school community where ALL students are learning and achieving at high levels. Go Wildcats!