Katie Zimmer selected as new Solana Vista School principal

Solana Vista School will have a new principal next school year.

The Solana Beach School District and Superintendent Terry Decker announced May 11 that Katie Zimmer, the media center teacher at Carmel Creek School, will serve as principal of Solana Vista for the 2016-17 school year.

During Zimmer’s 24 years in Solana Beach, she has served in leadership roles at the school site and district-level. As the administrative designee for Carmel Creek for the past 14 years, she has supervised school operations, staff and students when the principal was off campus. Zimmer was also selected as the Solana Beach School District Teacher of the Year in 2015.

“Katie Zimmer will be a wonderful addition to Solana Vista,” Decker said. “She is intelligent, caring, child-centered, and dedicated to our students and staff. Katie will do a terrific job as principal.”

Zimmer replaces Joel Tapia, who was appointed principal of Solana Vista prior to the start of this school year. Tapia was on paid administrative leave after spring recess and has since resigned from the district.

Julie Norby, the district’s director of instructional services, has served as interim principal during Tapia’s leave and will continue to serve as interim principal until the end of this school year.

“Ms. Norby is a highly respected administrator with over 20 years of experience as a principal in our district,” Decker said in a notice to parents in April. “We are fortunate to have her on staff and available to provide support for the school.”

In an effort to ensure a seamless transition in leadership, Zimmer plans to spend time at Solana Vista to meet with students, parents and staff members over the next few weeks.