Welcome to Carlton Hills

  • Dear Carlton Hills Families,


    I am so excited to be starting my 2nd year with the Carlton Hills team as your Vice Principal! I am truly honored to continue in the VP role and look forward to working with Ms Southcott in serving and leading the Carlton Hills community. 


    Each year represents new opportunities for learning and growing, making new friends, and reaching for new goals. I look forward to continuing to lead and work with the students and families at Carlton Hills. I encourage everyone to approach learning with a growth mindset and am excited to be here to continue to grow our social and emotional learning as the Carlton Hills Jaguars R.O.A.R. our school-wide behavioral expectations: Responsibility, Ownership, Acceptance and Respect for all.


    A little bit about me...Personally, I grew up in San Diego county and have recently moved to Poway after living in El Cajon for the past 30 years raising my three sons, Jason, Matt and Codi. My boys taught me that every child is uniquely different and I greatly appreciate the role that family plays in supporting each student to reach their potential. I have been in education for 31 years teaching kindergarten through 5th grades, worked as a teacher coach, and most recently, I joined the Santee School District as a Vice Principal at Carlton Oaks School for the past 2 years.  I started my formal education earning my Bachelor of Music from UC Irvine and made the transition into education in graduate school. I earned my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at SDSU and have been a teacher leader in many capacities throughout my career.


    Feel free to stop in and say hello, as my door is always open. If there is anything I can assist you with, please let me know.


    See you soon!

    Leah Saunders



Last Modified on August 1, 2019