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Welcome Letter

A letter from Mr. GORTON

Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year!Principal Gorton

My name is Eddie Gorton and I could not be more proud to serve as the eleventh Principal of Colfax Charter Elementary School. I have been with the school district since 2002 and bring with me twelve years of classroom teaching experience, two years of instructional coach experience, and was instrumental in rolling out restorative justice practices in Local District Northeast before I became the Assistant Principal at Strathern, Sylvan Park, and Carpenter Community Charter.

Originally, I am from the Bay Area and came to L.A. to attend Occidental College in the Fall of 1997. While at Oxy I participated in athletics, built the KOXY radio station, and became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. I am married to my amazing wife Karina, a 5th grade teacher with LAUSD at Haddon Elementary School in Pacoima. Our two sons, Xavier and Lorenzo, are both in primary grades at Carpenter and I think I have almost convinced them to wear Colfax swag on Carpenter’s campus. My family is very excited to be a part of this community. 

In my tenure with LAUSD, I have worked closely with community members, parents, teachers and students to create an inclusive school community where all are welcome. I have seen from afar how amazing this school community is, and I am looking forward to building new relationships, creating memorable experiences, and being part of the next chapter of Colfax’s story. I come to serve this outstanding community, not to change a whole lot, but to add my personality and joy to things we are already doing.   


Everything we need to make positive change is already here. 


If you have any questions or just want to reach out and say hello, please contact the main office at (818) 761-5115 or email me anytime. 

Yours truly,

Eddie Gorton

Eddie Gorton  

Principal, Colfax Charter Elementary School