• Spitzmiller's Background
    Mrs. Spitzmiller's Family Picture
    This is my 17th year working for the Solana Beach School District - 15 of which have been at Solana Santa Fe.   I truly love the age of fourth graders! The kids completely transform in front of my eyes, becoming self aware and internally motivated as learners.  They light up upon reaching a goal, knowing THEY achieved it on their own.  I feel honored to be a part of it.
    Personally, I was born in Baltimore, but spent the first 12 years of my childhood being raised in Manhattan, a product of the NYC public schools.  I later moved to Connecticut to escape the city, also earning my Bachelors and Masters at the University of Connecticut in Elementary Education.  I've always known that I wanted to be a teacher.  My earliest memories of play as a child are of every doll and stuffed animal listening to my incessant read alouds.  My mother still talks about our drive cross country and the 30 students in the car I was continually instructing.
    I moved out to San Diego in 2001, with a childhood friend, in hopes of exploring a new city and beginning my career in education.  I settled in to 'America's Finest City,' importing my husband from the east coast, a friend since middle school and college.  We were blessed with our first son, Beau in 2009 and our second son, Morgan in 2015. Beau, now 8, and Morgan, now 2, keep our family busy and on our toes.  We love to visit our extended family across the country, cook and entertain together, and mountain bike/hike.  We also love living in SW Escondido, near Lake Hodges, spending much of our times outdoors and working on our home together.
    Picture of boy climbing playground           picture of 2 boys with baseball bat