Sage Canyon principal to become new principal at Sycamore Ridge School in Carmel Valley


By Karen Billing

Sage Canyon Elementary School Principal Dr. Peg La Rose will be moving across Carmel Valley to become the new principal at Sycamore Ridge Elementary School, taking the place of Emily Morris who resigned last week. La Rose will begin work at Sycamore on Aug. 14.

La Rose has worked for the Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) for nine years as the principal of Sage Canyon. Before joining DMUSD, La Rose worked in Arizona for 20 years as a school principal, professional development trainer and classroom teacher.

“Peg’s vast expertise in teaching and learning, and her wonderful ability to work with people make her an ideal principal for Sycamore Ridge,” said Jason Romero, DMUSD’s assistant superintendent of human resources.

La Rose’s move means the new principal opening is now at Sage Canyon. The position has been advertised and will close for applications on Aug. 16.

Romero said Sage Canyon staff and community will have the opportunity to weigh in on what they would like in their next leader. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, the district plans to meet with the Sage staff in the morning, and with parents and community members in the afternoon to gather input. The time is yet to be determined and information will be posted on the school’s website.

There will be a brief interim time period prior to the new principal’s start and an interim principal will serve during that time.

“We are committed to selecting an exceptional principal to lead Sage Canyon and we will make sure there is a smooth transition into the new school year,” Romero said.