Solana Beach School District selects new principals of Solana Vista and Carmel Creek schools

The Solana Beach School District recently announced that Joel Tapia is the finalist for the principal position at Solana Vista School. Tapia comes to Solana Beach from Chula Vista Elementary School District where he has served as an elementary school principal since 2011.

With more than 12 years of education experience, he has served as an associate principal, a projects coordinator, and teacher.

Tapia said, “I’m absolutely honored and blessed to be joining such an elite school district like Solana Beach. I can’t wait to meet the wonderful students, families, staff, and community members of Solana Vista School. I am confident we will continue the great traditions as well as discover new innovations for excellence.”

Current Solana Vista School principal, Lisa Platt, will retire at the end of the 2014-15 school year after 10 years with the Solana Beach School District.

The Solana Beach School District also recently announced that Lisa Ryder is the finalist for the principal position at Carmel Creek School. With more than 20 years experience in education, Ryder has worked in Solana Beach School District for nine years serving as principal, enrichment principal, special education teacher, inclusion specialist, and speech language pathologist.

Ryder has a passion for early childhood education and served as the principal of the district’s Child Development Center for the 2014-15 school year.

Ryder stated, “I am truly honored to serve as principal at Carmel Creek School, and highly respect the innovative teaching and learning community in the Solana Beach School District. This is an exciting time in education and I am privileged to be part of the Carmel Creek team.”

Current Carmel Creek School principal, Terri Davis, will retire at the end of the 2014-15 school year after 28 years with the Solana Beach School District.

Approval of these appointments is slated for the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education on June 4. Tapia and Ryder will assume their assignments in August 2015.


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