Principal's Message

January 2021

Dear Alta Vista Families,

I am honored to be the new Principal of Alta Vista Elementary School.  I am committed to working in partnership with each one of you.  Working together, I am confident that we will continue to provide a challenging and enriching school experience for our students. I am grateful to be part of a supportive community with a history of academic success and enriching programs for our students.

I have spent over 20 years teaching and coaching in the Redondo Beach Unified School District.  You can say that RBUSD is my second home.  I spent the majority of my time as a classroom teacher in grades 1-5.  Many of those years were spent at Tulita Elementary School.  Most recently, I served in the Educational Services department in the District Office as the Elementary Teacher On Special Assignment (TOSA).

This is a unique and challenging time in education.  I believe it is also a time of great possibilities. My goal is to provide leadership that empowers our staff and students to be curious, innovate, and use their unique talents and gifts.

One of the most important things we can do right now is care for each other.  I have seen evidence of this in our Alta Vista community in my first five days on campus.  This care is evident in the way your children interact with their teachers and each other.   It’s evident in the work of our parent community and your thoughtful welcoming emails.  It is also evident among the teachers and staff who are back on-site and those who are providing meaningful lessons remotely.  This is another reason why I am grateful to be here.

There is an “I Can” attitude in the air at Alta Vista.  With this attitude, I look forward to in-person learning for our K-2 students.  Soon enough, the halls will be filled with the voices of little Wildcats.  I’m eagerly anticipating the day that I’ll hear the joyful noise of students back at school.

I look forward to getting to know you and your child(ren), whether it be in person or via Zoom.  I am now on campus full time and have spent this past week working with Dr. Hillyer to ensure a smooth transition.  


Karin Sato

Alta Vista Principal

Karin Sato, Principal



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