This April, Dr. Nancy Lynch begins her tenure as superintendent of the Solana Beach School District. She is delighted to join a district with such a high level of academic achievement and parental and community support. “It is very rewarding to work with highly involved, engaged individuals and organizations that take an active role in our children’s education,” said Lynch.

At age 51, Lynch joins the district with 24 years’ experience in education, most recently as superintendent of the Placerville school district in northern California. Born and raised in Minnesota, Lynch knew from a young age that she wanted to be an educator – her father and grandfather were both teachers. After earning her Bachelor’s at Minnesota State in 1983, she began her career in the Palm Springs school district. There, she served as teacher and administrator and helped her school raise student achievement by more than 200 Academic Performance Index (API) points.

“Most important is my mission to continue supporting the exceptional work and efforts of the District’s staff.”
~ Dr. Nancy Lynch

Lynch is especially proud of the bullying prevention program she implemented after being recruited to the Beverly Hills Unified School District in 2004. She stressed how crucial it is for students to feel “emotionally safe at school, willing to take educational risks as they strive to fulfill their potential and appreciate their unique differences.”

Lynch plans to bring those same values to the Solana Beach district. She also acknowledges the importance of arming children with the skills they will need in the future. “By building on the success and work already started in the district,” said Lynch, “my desire is to continue the implementation of 21st century learning skills, preparing our students for secondary and higher education, and careers which may or may not exist today.”

In her free time, Dr. Lynch loves to play cards and board games, though she admits to being a bit competitive at gin. She also loves to hike, quilt, scrapbook, and travel, and has visited over 30 countries with her husband, Tom. Her daughter, Alyssa, who is in her last year of law school in St. Paul, MN joins them when she can.