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Principal's Message

Dear Cottonwood Family,


I would like to welcome a new member to our family, ME!  I could not be more excited to join the Cougar Team!  I have been fortunate to serve the Aguanga and Anza community for over seven years between the two Hamilton Schools and am ready to transfer to a new den with the Cougars.  I have served the Hemet Unified School District the past 10 years in the capacity of teacher and administrator.  I began my time as a teacher at the elementary level eventually moving to middle school.  The last six years have afforded me the opportunity to grow professionally as an administrator at Hamilton High School.  I have learned that no matter which grade level of students I serve, I thoroughly enjoy working with them!


Working in the Aguanga and Anza community, I am fortunate to have already built positive relationships with many of the families from Cottonwood.  Whether it has been working with children at AWANA, coaching AYSO, Trick or Treating down Highway 371 or attending various celebrations and activities, I highly value the friendships that have resulted.  I look forward to developing new bonds with those families I have yet to meet and aim to maintain positive interactions throughout this new partnership. 


My wife and I have four children and know what it means when we hear, “It takes a village”.  I am looking forward to working with you to meet the needs of our students as we strive to reach 100% Attendance, promote excellent academic achievement, and prepare our students to successfully transition to high school while living a safe and healthy lifestyle!   I truly believe the “three legged tripod” approach is essential for success.  Student, parent, and school, all share critical roles in supporting success.  The three comprise the “village” and support students, helping them realize their full potential. 


I am forever grateful to have the opportunity to serve alongside each of you to make Cottonwood and Hemet Unified the Premier Choice!


See you soon,

Daniel Betts