Dear McKinley Elementary Families,
My name is Elena Garcia-Yoshitomi and I am so excited to introduce myself as the new principal of McKinley Elementary School. I am originally from Oxnard, California where I live with my husband. I enjoy spending time with family, friends and continuing my education at California Lutheran University where I am studying social media and parental involvement. Over the past 15 years, I have worked as a teacher and administrator in Thousand Oaks and Oxnard, CA. Since joining the Santa Barbara Unified School District I have been meeting with teachers, staff, parents, and students on how to best serve our school community.
This year has introduced to a number of challenges as we move to remote learning for the remainder of the year. I plan on working with all members of our school community in creating a learning environment where all staff members are dedicated to the success and safety for all of our students. Our staff will nurture perseverance and resilience to ultimately find educational success. As a school community, we will make sure that our students know how to work hard and dream big! With your help and cooperation, together we can make the rest of this year successful!
Ms. Elena Garcia-Yoshitomi