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TPES Principal Message

Dear TPES Families,


Welcome back to the 2022-2023 school year! I am incredibly excited to begin this journey at Torrey Pines Elementary, and get to know our students, families, and staff. It is my hope that we can all work together to create a place where students feel safe, valued, and supported; as well as build a warm and welcoming environment for our families and community members.


Originally from New York, my wife and I relocated to Southern California 26 years ago. We settled in the Inland Empire, and four years ago relocated to sunny San Diego. I have three children sophomore in college, and a senior and sophomore  in high school.


This is my 25th year as an educator, and I have a wide breadth of experience. For the first 13 years of my career I was both an elementary and middle school teacher, an RtI support provider, as well as a GATE enrichment teacher. I moved into administration "accidentally", and it has been the happiest accident I have ever made. It allows me to work on a more global scale, alongside professionals that I understand and respect, while still directly connected to students. Throughout my tenure as a school leader I have held a multitude of positions. I have worked with both high and underperforming school communities, always with the same intent and do what is best for children.


I look forward to working alongside our amazing teachers, who work tirelessly to create an exceptional learning environment for all students. Their hard work and dedication has been recognized at the state and national levels as being an example of not just excellent teaching and learning, but also high levels of student achievement and growth.  Highly engaging and rigorous academics, coupled with strong socio-emotional support, are the key components and foundation of Torrey Pines Elementary’s success.  


I truly believe that a strong home/school partnership plays a key role in student success. Please know, as a leader I believe that an open line of communication, being highly visible and accessible, and actively listening to all stakeholders are key components to that partnership.  Please feel free to ask questions and share your insight and perspective.


Here’s to a wonderful year! 



Keith Keiper 


Section 5 of Article IX of the California Constitution guarantees students a “free public education.”

Torrey Pines Elementary School Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 8350 Cliffridge Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037 

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