Jennifer Van Norman


Dear Parents and Students,

­­­­­Welcome to Excelsior’s Barstow campus! We look forward to seeing our returning students, and we are excited to get to know our new students and families. We value our partnerships with parents, families, and community, and we enjoy working with families to help students achieve their personal life plans.

At Excelsior, students work toward their personal goals as part of a team with their parents and facilitators. Barstow Excelsior is also excited to partner with Barstow Community College to offer our students a higher education while still enjoying the high school experience.

Whether a student chooses to go to college, pursue a vocational career, or serve in the military, we believe that every student can be successful and, as our motto says, we are here to “make it happen.” Thank you for joining us this year!

Jennifer Van Norman



Jennifer Van Norman is the Principal of the Barstow Campus. She has been with Excelsior for eight years. In that time, she was a teacher, facilitator, ASB adviser, Book Club adviser, Assistant Principal in both Barstow and Victorville, Interim Principal in Barstow, and Principal at the North Victorville Campus.

Mrs. Van Norman graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and a Master’s in P-12 Teaching and Gifted and Talented Education. She received her Administration Credential from the University of Southern California.

Mrs. Van Norman has been married for 17 years and is a mother of three young children. In her free time, she likes to read, collect succulents, and play video games.


Christina Hamilton

Assistant Principal

Christina Hamilton is the new assistant principal of Excelsior Charter Schools, Barstow Campus. This is her 11th year at Excelsior Charter Schools. She worked as a middle school facilitator, science and math teacher, field trip coordinator, and interim principal.

She graduated from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in Race & Ethnic Studies, and a Master of Arts in Education. She has a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (with English as a supplementary) and an Administrative Credential. She recently graduated from Walden University with a Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Educational Policy, Leadership, and Management. Dr. Hamilton values education.

She looks forward to working with you this school year as your assistant principal. It is truly a privilege to be part of a community where families, facilitators, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support our school’s mission.

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