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Michael Halt

Message to Students and Families

Dear Eagles,


I am thrilled to have the honor of serving as your Principal. I am excited to be part of the Estancia Family and look forward to working with you to make this a great school year. I would like to take a moment to introduce myself, let you know what is important to me and what I will need from you.


I have been an educational leader for more than 20 years. My quick life story is that I grew up in Ventura, California. I went to college at the University of Southern California on an ROTC Scholarship. Upon graduation, I was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps. As a young 22 year old I faced my first great challenge in the Gulf War.  After serving my country for five years, I decided that I did not want to make the Marine Corps my life’s total focus. I did, however, want to have a career that was centered on teamwork, trust and mutual accountability. I am passionate about learning and have always enjoyed studying people who overcame adversities and achieved great things. I went back to school to become a history teacher and was able to stay active in the United States Marine Corps Reserves.


I loved teaching, but I have to admit, it was the hardest job I ever had.  I have taught in large urban schools and in a small school on a tiny little island. I have been successful throughout my career because I always put students first. Students had my respect the moment that they entered my classroom. Building positive relationships with students enabled me to become an effective administrator. While sometimes I have to make difficult decisions, I rarely make them in isolation; students, parents and teachers always know that I have their best interests in mind.


While I am new to Estancia, I have been a principal for more than ten years. I was a principal in Massachusetts before moving back to Southern California three years ago. I am thrilled to be here and look forward to working closely with our parents, staff, and student leaders to build on the strengths of our school in order to make Estancia everything we want it to be.


As your principal I will set and model high expectations for the quality of content, effort, and student work school wide. I strongly believe that learning must be active, relevant, and varied. I know that students will work hard to reach our shared goals when our guidelines and expectations are clear and when they know how much we care.


Mr. Halt

Mike Halt
Mike Halt

About Me


BA University of Southern California

MA Chapman University

MA Endicott College

Military Experience:

Colonel, USMCR