Welcome, my name is Luis Gamarra and I am the principal at St. Ferdinand Catholic School.  

This year, my lovely wife Emily and I celebrate 25 years of marriage.  We have two sons, Kevin (23) and Jonathan (19). Kevin is studying Law at UC Irvine and Jonathan is pursuing a Kinesiology degree at San Jose State University.  Both of our sons attended and graduated from St. Genevieve in Panorama City. We currently live in Sylmar and have been a part of the community since 2001.

The 2019-2020 school year will be the start of my second year as principal of Saint Ferdinand.   However, I have been an educator since 1998. I started my career at Sharp Avenue Elementary School in Pacoima.  I served the Sharp Avenue School community until 2005 as a classroom teacher. In 2005, I went on to serve the San Jose Street School community in Mission Hills until 2008.  While I was at San Jose, I served as a teacher in grades 4 and 5. In my last year there, I was the Bilingual and Title I Coordinator of Programs. In 2008, I left the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), to serve the Newhall School District.  In 2008, I became the Assistant Principal at Wiley Canyon School and served that community until 2011. Finally, in 2011, I was promoted to principal at Oak Hills School in Valencia and served this great community until 2018.    

Throughout my career, I have taken pride in serving all my students to the best of my ability.  It is in that light, that the entire staff and I are committed to providing a challenging and dynamic curriculum designed to motivate the academic and spiritual growth of all our students.  I truly believe that all students can learn and believe whole-heartedly that it takes an entire village (parents, volunteers, teachers, admin, district, and parish), to make this happen.


Our school is going through some exciting changes and I look forward to working with everyone to make Saint Ferdinand Catholic School the very BEST school in our valley.  

Come, and be a part of something GREAT!   


Luis Gamarra



Saint Ferdinand Catholic School, guided by our Catholic-Christian faith and tradition, is committed to providing a challenging and dynamic curriculum designed to motivate academic growth through twenty-first century learning. Rooted in Gospel values, we inspire and prepare our students to be responsible and productive citizens while leading a life of Christian service. Pre-Kindergarten – 8th Grade.


1012 Coronel Street

San Fernando, CA  91340

(818) 361-3264



Monday thru Friday

7:45 am - 3:00 pm

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