Superintendent's Message:

Dear GUSD Families, 
Superintendent Diana Roybal

The 21-22 school year is ending and we begin the transition from spring to summer.  This time of year brings meaningful opportunities to celebrate milestones, strengthen connections with your children, and hopefully slow down. “When we are happy—when our mindset and mood are positive—we are smarter, more motivated, and thus more successful. Happiness is the center, and success revolves around it.”  This quote comes from Shawn Achor, the author of The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work. I read this book a few years ago, and I was encouraged to practice positivity which included encouraging the heart of others. Some days I did this well, and other days I fell short. A lesson I have learned is never to stop trying. Tomorrow is a new day and a new opportunity to be better, to do better. If you need an inspirational summer read, check out the book I mentioned above or read Achor’s latest book, Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change. This book is definitely on my summer reading list. 


I am wrapping up my first year as the Goleta Union School District superintendent. I have learned a lot about GUSD and the people who have dedicated their careers to adding value to the organization and the students attending our nine elementary schools. Families make up the heart of our district community. GUSD families come in various sizes, shapes, and colors, and they are all beautiful! I see GUSD as an extension of the community. We partner with families to provide our children with a school experience that sees potential in all, nurtures the whole child, encourages laughter and joy, and provides safe spaces for all children. When school environments accomplish this, they will we see high academic achievement and growth. Families, we are here for you! Maya Angelou said, “Hope is born again in the faces of children.”  It’s never a bad day when children are happy, safe, and loved. May your summer be filled with joy and sunshine. 


Diana Galindo-Roybal

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Department Staff and Contact Information:

Dr. Diana Roybal

Christy Rockwood
Executive Assistant
(805) 681-1200 x2201


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