TPES Principal Message

Dear Torrey Pines Families,

I hope during these summer months, you were able to enjoy precious time with family and friends.

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Torrey Pines Community as the Interim Principal during the search process for a new administrator. The Principal position is currently posted and applications will be accepted now through September 10th. As many of you already know, Sarah Ott was promoted to Executive Director of Special Education in July. I’m looking forward to supporting the Torrey Pine’s Community to ensure that every child continues to receive a quality educational experience during this time of transition. This is a lovely gem of a school, with amazing children, supportive parents, along with talented and dedicated educators and support staff.

I’d like to share a little of my background, I have been a middle school educator for many years at various schools throughout SDUSD. However, most of my teaching career was as a sixth grade history/math teacher at Muirlands MS. After serving as principal of Mann MS, I returned to Muirlands as the principal for ten years before accepting a position as a mentor principal with San Diego Unified. I have deep roots in the La Jolla Community and value the lasting professional and personal relationships that culminated from years of collaboration.

As with the opening of any school year, you can always expect some change in personnel, enrollment, or programs. And obviously, an unexpected change in leadership can be concerning for children and all stakeholders. I can assure you that I have the experience and skill, along with the dedication to support the children, parents and staff at Torrey Pines ES. I will work to ensure that Torrey Pines ES will continue as a community where students and staff have the support and tools that foster intellectual and personal growth.

I encourage you to share your insights, recommendations and questions with me. Your thoughts will be appreciated. The education of our children is a joint venture with parents, teachers, administrators, and the community, all working together to optimize the success for every student.

Enjoy the last days of vacation. I look forward to welcoming new and returning families at Back to School Night on Friday, August 24th.

Best regards,

Chris Hargrave | Interim Principal | Torrey Pines Elementary



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