Once a Viking, Always a Viking

| October 4, 2023 | 0 Comments

“Once a Viking, always a Viking” is a common expression at St. Vincent de Paul School and, for Britni Coito, it certainly rings true. Having worked there from 2016 to 2021, she is back as principal.

“When the position at St. Vincent de Paul School opened, it gave me the needed push to take the next step,” said Coito, who already had experience as a vice principal. “I am returning to a place that has always held a special place in my heart, and I’m thrilled to be back with my Viking family.”

A San Diego native, Coito attended Catholic institutions from elementary through graduate school. She holds a bachelor’s in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education, and a teaching credential from the University of San Francisco. She is also certified for Mild to Moderate Special Education through the University of Notre Dame.

Coito began her teaching career in 2010 at St. Charles Borromeo Academy. After a year of teaching outside the diocesan school system, she began teaching at St. Vincent de Paul School in 2016, where she would eventually become vice principal of curriculum and instruction. After spending the past couple of years back at St. Charles Borromeo as vice principal, she has returned to St. Vincent de Paul.

“I firmly believe that faith and character education go hand in hand,” Coito said, reflecting on the impact of Catholic education. “I have personally experienced and witnessed how a strong foundation in faith can shape young minds, instilling values such as compassion, empathy, and integrity. And now, as an educator, I am blessed to be a part of that development at St. Vincent de Paul.

Coito continued to explain her mindset and philosophy of education. “I aim to empower my students to become knowledgeable individuals and compassionate leaders in our ever-changing world.”

Coito isn’t the only familiar face back at St. Vincent’s. The school is happy to welcome back Ashley de Santi, a former teacher and alumna of St. Vincent’s School; Burak Arnas, a former teacher; and Rosemary Watson, a long-time resident of Mission Hills and parishioner of St. Vincent’s Parish.

“Our teachers have spent countless hours preparing for the year ahead. They’re eager to inspire and challenge students to reach their full potential and develop the whole child,” Coito stated. “The energy and enthusiasm on campus are infectious. We hope to build strong relationships in our community and look forward to a year filled with endless possibilities and opportunities for growth. I can’t wait for what this year will bring to our school and greater community!”

Britni Coito, pictured with students, is excited to be back at St. Vincent de Paul School.


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