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Principal's Message

Monarch Grove is a wonderful elementary school, focused on educating the whole child by providing unique learning opportunities for over 370 Transitional Kindergarten through fifth grade students in Los Osos. We are fortunate to have highly skilled and dedicated staff, involved parents, beautiful facilities, and a supportive community that all work together to provide the very best for our students. Monarch Grove is proud to be a Leader in Me School, which incorporates a common language and focus on working with students to learn the Seven Habits, including: Be Proactive; Begin with the End in Mind; Put First Things First; Think Win-Win; Seek First to Understand and then to be Understood; Synergize; and Sharpen the Saw. Part of our Leader in Me program includes our fourth and fifth grade students applying for and being selected to serve on our Junior Lighthouse Leadership Team. Our student leaders serve in various roles around campus and lead our school assemblies, focused on promoting leadership skills with all of our students. Monarch Grove is committed to developing strong character traits in all students so that, paired with their exceptional academic learning, they will grow into well-rounded and responsible individuals. 

In alignment with our focus on educating the whole child, students are given the opportunity to explore learning outside of the core subjects with exposure to lessons in art, music, physical education, garden, and library. The ability to provide these supplemental lessons is made possible through the donations of our PTA and the volunteers of our Parent Garden Club. It goes without saying, Monarch Grove is such an amazing school because of the involved and supportive parent community! As the Principal of Monarch Grove, I am grateful to be able to work with an exceptional staff who truly care for our students, and a community who go out of their way to support our school. 

Katie Salcido, Ed.D.

Principal, Monarch Grove

Meet Our Principal, Dr. Katie Salcido

Principal Salcido

Dr. Salcido started her career in education 20 years ago as an English Language Arts and Reading teacher at the middle school and high school levels. Dr. Salcido’s administrative experiences at the site level include serving as a testing coordinator, assistant dean, dean of students, and assistant principal at various sites, including a specialized CTE high school, an adult school, and a comprehensive high school. Most recently, she worked for Lucia Mar as the Coordinator of CTE and then the Director of Curriculum Projects. Dr. Salcido also served as the director of a non-profit education foundation supporting the connections between private businesses and public education, along with serving at her church.