•  Principal

    Dear Solana Highlands Families,

    As the principal of Solana Highlands School, it is an honor to be a part of this close-knit and kindhearted community. Solana Highlands Elementary School offers an amazing educational experience, which does not happen by accident, it is the result of the hard work, dedication, and partnerships that have developed between, staff, families, and the most important members of our community, the students.  Being a partner with all of these stakeholders is what excites me most as I walked through the doors of our school each day.

    I have had the privilege of being an educator for the past 23 years, 15 of which have been in the Solana Beach School District. My teaching career has encompassed teaching Transitional Kindergarten, first, and second grade. Prior to teaching, I earned a B.A. and M.A. degree in Developmental Psychology and Behavioral Science. During my teaching time, I have become Nationally Board Certified as an Early Childhood Generalist, earned an Administrative Credential, and finally received a doctorate in Educational Leadership at CSUSM/UCSD. The purpose behind all of these pursuits has been to help provide and create opportunities for the most exceptional learning experiences for students.

    In keeping with the mission of the Solana Beach School District my greatest initiative will be to engage all the resources available to empower teachers to continue to craft the educational experiences that stimulate a passion for learning, to empower parents who are the experts of their children, and to continue to partner together so we can best ensure our student’s potentials are realized both academically and social-emotionally. To empower students to challenge themselves to pursue their passions in a safe environment that grows along with them is our goal. A collaborative approach is crucial if we are to be confident our students’ futures will be what we imagine.

    I look forward to forging a partnership with everyone associated with Solana Highlands Elementary School. I am truly honored to be a part of this extraordinary community.


    Shawntanet Jara, Principal


    Courage is contagious. Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver. ~ Brene Brown