Principal's Message and Information

Principal Michael Olander
(858) 487-6887 x6102

Michael Olander, Monterey Ridge Elementary School Principal

Dear Monterey Ridge Families,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Monterey Ridge Elementary School, home of the Monarchs. As the Principal of Monterey Ridge, I have come to know what an amazing school and community this is. Whether you have already been a part of Monterey Ridge or this is your first year, you are now part of a learning community that places a high priority on quality learning and teaching, where innovative ideas are encouraged, supported, and fulfilled.

When you visit our beautiful campus, the high quality of our teachers and staff is evident throughout. We are a school community that has high expectations of ourselves and our students. Our highly skilled teachers are committed to their own professional growth as well as meeting the needs of every student in their classes.

Monterey Ridge is focused on personalizing the learning for each student and is committed to developing the necessary skills and knowledge for our students to be successful in the 21st Century workplace. To be prepared, students must be proficient in the basic skills of reading, writing, mathematics, listening, and speaking. They must also be able to think creatively, make decisions, solve complex problems, visualize, and reason. Personal qualities, such as responsibility, self-esteem, sociability, self-management, honesty, and integrity are essential to employers and the self-employed, alike.

Beyond the traditional student learning outcomes in school, Monterey Ridge is focusing our professional development on learning how to incorporate the necessary workplace competencies into our instructional practices and student activities. We value providing the students with opportunities to collaborate, organize resources, interpret information, and utilize technology.

Partnering with our school community is an essential component that contributes to Monterey Ridge being in the top ten percent of student achievement in the state of California. Our amazing PTA and Foundation continue to provide enormous support to our students and staff. Our students benefit from art, physical education, and anti-bullying bullying education from experts in their fields. Our parent and community support has a dramatic impact in the high quality experience that our students receive. I encourage all of our parents to get involved in any way that you can. Parent involvement with a child’s school increases motivation and achievement!

I look forward to a remarkable year of growth and learning. As always, I am here to serve and help to make your child’s experience as Monterey Ridge the best it can be.

Best regards,
Michael Olander Principal