Principal's Welcome Message

California Distinguished School Seal

Welcome to Bay Park Elementary School
A California Distinguished School and
Home of the Bay Park Stingrays


A Message From Our Principal

Dear Bay Park Families,

Welcome to the 2024-2025 school year! I am Melissa Wood, and it is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as your principal of Bay Park Elementary. I am thrilled to lead and learn alongside such an incredible community of learners and to work collaboratively with students, teachers, parents, and community members to create a nurturing and innovative educational environment.

I firmly believe that education is the foundation of a civilized democratic society, and I am committed to providing our students with a learning community that is both supportive and reflective. As a California Distinguished School, we have a strong tradition of academic excellence, and I am dedicated to upholding and building upon these high expectations.

My goal is to foster an engaging learning environment where every student's voice is heard and valued. I am committed to implementing the best practices and the latest pedagogy to ensure that we meet the diverse needs of all our students. Together, as a community of learners, we will create a space where every student can thrive and reach their full potential.

A little bit about myself: I am a proud product of the San Diego Unified School District. I attended La Jolla Elementary, Muirlands Middle School, and La Jolla High School. Later, I returned to La Jolla Elementary to teach 5th grade. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in U.S. History, and two Master's Degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as Educational Leadership, at San Diego State University. With over 20 years of experience in San Diego Unified, including thirteen years as a teacher and seven years in educational leadership, I bring a wealth of knowledge and a deep passion for education each and every day.

Outside of work, I cherish spending time with my family, exploring new places, revisiting old favorites, and enjoying the company of friends. I am also a proud softball mom and enjoy supporting my daughter's interests in art, music, and sports.

As we begin this new academic year, I want to emphasize that my door is always open. I am eager to get to know each and every one of you, and I invite you to share your ideas, concerns, and aspirations. It is truly an honor to be a part of Bay Park Elementary School. In all of my years working in education, I have never come across a place that epitomizes the South African Zulu principle of Umbuntu--"I am, because we are" quite like Bay Park Elementary. It's truly a magical place! Together, we will continue to make Bay Park Elementary a place where all feel welcomed, valued, and supported.

Here's to a fantastic year of growth, discovery, and success!

Warm regards,

Melissa Wood


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