St. John Bosco names new vice president of academic affairs

Experienced school administrator and professor,  Edgar Salmingo, Jr., has been named Vice Principal of Academic Affairs at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower.

The announcement was made this week by the school’s principal, Dr. Christian De Larkin.

Salmingo has served as Associate Principal for Academic Life at La Salle High School in Pasadena since 2014.  He also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Master of Educational Technology programs at California State University, Fullerton, and Concordia University in Irvine.  

A former teacher and Instructional Technology Coordinator at St. Anthony High School in Long Beach, he was also Director of Educational Technology at Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Montebello for two years prior to joining the administration at La Salle.  

Salmingo is currently earning his Doctor of Education, Learning Technologies from Pepperdine University. His Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering was earned in 2004 from University of California, Irvine, and he received his Master of Arts, Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 2008.

Upon making the announcement,  Dr. Christian De Larkin, principal, commented, “I am excited to welcome Edgar to the St. John Bosco family to lead our academic programs.  Edgar’s history of excellence in and outside of the classroom has equipped him to positively impact our academic growth, as we continue to operate at the intersection of innovation and tradition. Edgar’s unwavering passion for student success is a perfect fit for Bosco.”

In his 11 years of experience as an educator, he has led a host of academic initiatives, including the creation of the Marine Science Academy at St. Anthony High School in partnership with the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.  He has taught AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus AB/BC, and AP Biology, as well as coached the Academic Decathlon team at La Salle High School to back-to-back championships and a top-10 finish in the World Scholar’s Cup at the Tournament of Champions at Yale University. 

As an instructional leader, he has launched 1:1 iPad programs at three different high schools; built and co-wrote new UC-approved pathway programs in Digital Game Design, Introduction to Law and Sports Medicine; and implemented research-based, schoolwide initiatives in instruction, assessment, and homework that increased standardized test scores and college acceptance rates.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the team of educators at St. John Bosco High School,” remarked Mr. Salmingo upon his acceptance of the position. “I am eager to join them in preparing all of our students for academic and spiritual success by engaging them with their own passions and purpose, teaching them critical skills, and inspiring them to better our global community. Together as a community, we will advance Bosco’s mission and reputation as an outstanding college preparatory high school.”

Edgar Salmingo, Jr., and his wife Dr. Jennifer Salmingo are parents of two young sons, Trey, 5, and Landon, 3.  They are residents of La Palma.