On Tuesday the Perry Kiwanis met Eddie Diaz, the former Perry High School history teacher who recently assumed a new role as principal of St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Perry.
Diaz is the son of immigrants from Mexico. His parents first settled in California and later moved to Perry in search of better jobs. Diaz was 16 when he came to Perry, and he graduated from Perry High School.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was deployed to Iraq in 2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He later attended college and earned a bachelor’s degree in education.
Diaz first taught in the Des Moines public school system. He has been a history instructor at PHS for seven years.
No stranger to administrative operations, Diaz has served on the Perry City Council, the St. Patrick’s School Board of Directors and the St. Patrick’s Tuition Committee. Although his duties will officially start at St. Pat’s July 1, Diaz said he has already started developing plans and assisting with summer projects at the school.
Diaz and his wife, Angelica Cardenas, have a son and two daughters.
He was welcomed to the club’s weekly luncheon meeting at the Hotel Pattee in Perry by Perry Kiwanian Anne Marie McDevitt, who has been a member since May 13, 2009.
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