Meet the Principal

helloWelcome to Toler Elementary School! It is an honor to serve as principal of such a distinguished and highly regarded public school. The Toler staff is well respected and part of a long-standing tradition of excellence and innovation in education. I am one lucky principal to work with such an accomplished staff on a campus that boasts decades of fine San Diego student alumni. Thank you for sharing your children with the staff and me, allowing us to be part of this cherished time in your family’s life.   

My career in education seems to have led me back to what I like to call the years of wonder and magic in education. I have served students as an instructional aide, classroom teacher (elementary and secondary), curriculum and staff developer, assistant principal and principal (elementary and secondary). While I treasure every single role and experience, I feel privileged to return to a leadership role at Toler Elementary, working with Pre-K-5th grade students. Toler is a unique place of grounded tradition and leading edge practice - a perfect school setting. It is a school small enough to allow me to get to know each and every student and still stay close to my role as a teacher and nurturer. The staff at Toler is second to none. Teachers work collaboratively to bring the best practices to the forefront. We know that every student at Toler will be successful. We celebrate ALL of our amazing students. Each day offers a bustle of excitement and renewed energy as we all work together and see the world through the inquisitive and creative eyes of our Dolphin students. We are proud of our STEAM Program which integrates fine arts, technology and the sciences into the core curriculum.  

In addition to the daily smiles, gathering around a great book, harvesting in our garden, fun on the playground, creative, critical thinking in the classroom, I look forward to all of our fun community events this year…working with staff, students, our amazing PTA and volunteers to make lasting memories. We are so lucky to have all of the key attributes that make a difference in our school and the lives of our students. Toler students are kind and compassionate, bright and ingenious; surely, they will make the world a better place. I hope you will stop by and say hello when you can and enjoy a piece of the magic of this special time in your student’s life. As the parent of four grown children, I know it sounds cliché, but it is over before you know it! Take it all in whenever you have the chance. Our doors are always open.

In partnership, 

Laurie Brady Francis

Principal, Toler Elementary School 🐬

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