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A letter from our new Principal, Sally Viavada

Dear Families,

It is with great pleasure that I join your community as Principal of Tierrasanta Elementary.   I grew up in Tierrasanta, live in this community, and am a graduate of TES so I am a Roadrunner at heart and so excited to have come full circle!  I know it is a place in which teachers, parents, and community members come together to support students.  An essential element in supporting student success is a strong and positive home-family-school connection, and clearly that is already in place here at Tierrasanta Elementary.  Parents are an integral part of a school community and I look forward to leading this effort and welcoming you into our school!

I am coming to you from Bird Rock Elementary, where I was principal for the past five years. I learned so much there as a leader and educator and am excited to bring this background with me to TES. I also served as Vice Principal at Standley Middle school for two years and was a staff developer in our district for four years prior to that. As a teacher, I taught 3rd-6th grades and absolutely love the look of excitement in a child’s eyes as they learn or discover something new. My husband Scott and I have two young boys of our own (ages 3 and 5) who keep us on our toes at all times! Becoming a parent has given me a new perspective on education and what is truly important.

I was just appointed yesterday and will be meeting with Lorelei Olson to transition to this new position as your principal. I appreciate your support during this time as there is so much to be done to prepare for the start of school on Tuesday, September 8th.  I look forward to getting to know the staff and working with them to challenge our students daily through inquiry, discovery and collaboration.  Together, we will continue to strive for academic excellence while supporting the social-emotional well being of each and every student.   Our children are our most precious resources and deserve to develop as human beings in physical, social and academic environments that are worthy of them and their genius!

I will be hosting several “Principal Chat’s” to informally hear from you and get to know you better and will publish a date for the first one shortly.

Please know that you are always welcome on campus and I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and your children!


Sally Viavada

Principal, Tierrasanta Elementary

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