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Principal's Message


Mr. Saldivar is excited to serve as the Principal of PFC Omar E. Torres Elementary School. After growing in Chicago’s La Villita and graduating from Morton East High School in Cicero, Mr. Saldivar attended the University of Illinois Chicago where he earned a BA in English Education. He later earned a Masters in Latin and Carribean Studies and a second Masters in Educational Leadership. 

He has served Chicago Public Schools since 2003 as a classroom teacher, teacher leader, and as Assistant Principal. He is recognized to be a dynamic, energetic, innovative thinker, who offers both the leadership and mentoring necessary to develop and support school-wide educational goals that empower students, families, faculty, and staff.

As a first-generation, bilingual, bicultural, Latino, Mr. Saldivar is dedicated to transforming the landscape of education for our Comunidades. He believes that all students and their families deserve access to schools that are safe and inclusive - schools that provide high quality culturally relevant and socially just opportunities so that students can self-actualize and recognize themselves as powerful human beings. 

He strives to help students, teachers, and parents realize the joy of learning and to facilitate the intellectual, emotional, civic, and social development of young people. To realize this vision, his work is rooted in the following values:


  • Trust
  • Originality
  • Relationships
  • Respect
  • Equity
  • Spirit

Mr. Saldivar is excited to engage, collaborate and be in community with Torres students, families and staff.