Support Staff

Support Staff


S Allen

Being a teacher at TPES means we are respectful, responsible, and kind to others and our environment. It also means that we challenge and push ourselves to become the best teachers and we expect the same from our students. We set standards for ourselves and students high so we are constantly progressing. We support one another as a staff so that we can, in turn, support our students.


Sydney Allen


Education Specialist New to Torrey Pines Elementary.

Alex Cruz



I am so excited to be at Torrey Pines Elementary and work with such an amazing group of students and teachers! As a science teacher I strive to help students understand the world we live in and to become lifelong investigators.

Grant Haselton



Hello, I would like to introduce myself as Ms. Jordan, the new science teacher at Torrey Pines Elementary School! I am so excited to jump into this position and I am looking forward to getting to know the wonderful students and community here. 

I have been teaching science and biology for the past two and half years in San Diego schools. Before becoming a teacher, I attended UCSD and earned a B.S in microbiology followed by my Masters of Education.

I’m a San Diego native and love being outside in the sun where I can appreciate nature. I have always had a passion for science which is often reflected in my hobbies. I collect and polish rocks, press flowers from my garden, and enjoy looking at slides of random fridge mold under the microscope just to name a few.

I hope to inspire students to think of science not just as a fun subject but rather a way of being curious about their everyday world. I’m looking forward to an excellent and engaging year of science!


Rachel Jordan



Being a teacher at Torrey Pines means supporting and encouraging the youngest learners in our community.  It means building a connection with students that promotes a love for learning. It means watching students grow and show pride in their accomplishments. Being a teacher at Torrey Pines is enjoyable and rewarding.


Heather Knight

Being a teacher at TPES means working as a team to help every student learn, thrive, and feel successful.

Maggie Marach


Although I have only been at TPES for one year, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve this community as a Resource Teacher. Just in my short time here I know the dedication that the TPES staff has towards their students and families. Being a teacher at TPES means putting forth hard work and dedication by working together with one another, students and their families. I am excited to continue working as a Resource Teacher and look forward to collaborating with classroom teachers and working with small groups to ensure my students meet their goals.

Renee Polonsky

Mrs Riney

I participate in creating and maintaining a highly successful academic community. I am lucky to work with dedicated, talented, focused, caring, and innovative staff members.

Keri Riney

Being a teacher at TPES means raising up compassionate and confident children who listen with understanding and speak with clarity for the meaningful, creative building up of the diverse community. 

Shelly Suggs



Mrs S

Being a teacher at TPES means working in a community that values high expectations. As a TPES teacher, I strive to reach each child and to reach each family in a positive way. It also means working in an environment that values a high sense of community, both between the students/families and staff members.
Jen Syeda


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