Our Principal

Dear Torrey Pines Families,

I hope this message finds you and your family staying well during these unique times. Whether your students are returning to us this fall for another year at TPES or your family is new to our school community, I want you to know that we are looking forward to sharing a bright and robust school year together.                    Torrey Pines

The 2020-2021 school year will be my second full year at Torrey Pines Elementary School. Before this, I was a principal at Hancock Elementary School for two-and-a-half years, and before that, I taught all grades K-5 for ten years in Rancho Santa Fe, Vista and Cajon Valley School Districts. My experiences across a wide range of academic settings propelled my interests in ensuring educational equity for all children. I am in my third (and final) year as a Ph.D. student in Education with a focus on Democratic Schooling and Social Justice at Claremont Graduate School and San Diego State University. 

Torrey Pines Elementary School holds a special place in the hearts of teachers, staff members, students and their families. Our curriculum is rigorous, and  each child is challenged at his or her individual level to ensure measurable academic growth. At the same time, the teachers at Torrey Pines understand the importance of creating a safe and welcoming classroom environment and work diligently to create and maintain an inclusive atmosphere in their classrooms. Our counseling staff supports the social emotional growth and self-regulation skills we know are so important for children to acquire.

We are also fortunate at Torrey Pines to work and learn alongside families from all over the world, and we take pride in the fact that students speak over thirty different languages at our school. Classroom discussions are rich as children share their experiences having lived much of their lives in other countries. No matter our backgrounds, parents and staff members have shared values: the importance of academic rigor; the need to make data-driven decisions; and a pursuit of teaching and learning best practices. We are united in our belief that a strong foundational education is fundamental in the shaping of children’s lives and future opportunities.

While we do not know the combination of onsite and online learning the school year will bring, the teachers and I can assure you of our paralleled commitment to providing an outstanding experience in all modalities for the families we serve.

Please feel free to contact me at nrichard@sandi.net.

In partnership,

Nona Richard, M.Ed., M.A.
National Board Certified Teacher Early Childhood Literacy

Principal | Torrey Pines Elementary

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