By Dr. Lois M. Peterson

Vista Del Mar School Superintendent/Principal

Dear Community Members,

What a joy it is to be a leader of the Vista Del Mar School community located in Gaviota, dedicated to family and the livelihood of students. It is with gratitude to be part of a culture that values students first and honors the tradition of the past.

Each and every school day I lead our school and engage with all students virtually at 8:05 a.m. and we end each week with an online assembly. You can find our entire school community telling stories, sharing highlights, singing, dancing, exercising and celebrating special occasions. Their kindness and support for each other is shared across all grade levels and is evident in their stories from their lives. 

During our time together we always prioritize recognition of student achievements, such as reading, math, writing and Spanish goals, as well as positive behavior and active participation. I see our students building upon their best efforts every single day!

Distance learning is an opportunity to connect deeply with our students. I am humbled by our incredible staff during this unique time in education. Not only are we flexible, but we practice patience — putting student needs before adults in all that is done. Both students and staff have exemplified they are prepared to show up and engage every day.

Thanks to the leadership of our school board, the commitment of our educators, and the support of our community, we will continue to grow and flourish.

I invite you to our first community virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. with a Zoom link to be posted at to learn about our bold new vision and our first 100 days together. We will highlight our core values and strategic goals, including a balanced budget, and the community will have time to ask questions.

I look forward to building upon the foundation of our history. It is a privilege and honor to serve our community.


The views and opinions expressed by Dr. Lois Peterson are her own.