Welcome to Guin Foss Elementary School, where learning and growth come to life! As the principal, I am thrilled to extend a warm welcome to our cherished Guin Foss Dolphins returning and extend a special greeting to all our new students. It's truly an honor to be embarking on my 8th year as serving as a principal within TUSD. Having spent the last 18 years dedicated to education in various roles, including elementary and middle school teacher, "Digital Learning Coach," assistant principal, principal of Tustin Connect K-12, and principal at Ladera Elementary, I am deeply committed to fostering an environment where every child can flourish.
My journey has been rooted in this community, having grown up in the nearby city of Cypress and earned my undergraduate degree from UC Irvine. Pursuing a passion for educational leadership, I attained my master's degree from Concordia University and later completed my doctorate at the University of Southern California. As a resident of Tustin, I take great pride in having my own children, Hudson, Parker, and Chloe, attending TUSD schools.
At Guin Foss, we recognize that education is a partnership between our dedicated staff, parents, and all stakeholders. Together, we strive to build upon Guin Foss’s exceptional legacy of excellence and achievement. Our remarkable teachers bring their expertise and care to support students' academic, social, and emotional needs. The vibrant sense of community and active involvement from our amazing PTO enriches the school experience. We warmly invite you to join our PTO and engage in the numerous opportunities to get involved at Guin Foss.
Effective communication is vital for a thriving school community. Please remember that we are always here to listen and collaborate. If you have any concerns, brilliant ideas, or simply need someone to talk to, don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher, the front office, or myself.
You can also stay engaged by downloading the Parentsquare app, regularly checking our school website, and following us on Instagram at @guinfosselementary.
In closing, I am eagerly looking forward to a year of meaningful learning and growth. With our collective efforts, I am confident that this will be an outstanding year. Let us embrace the journey together, creating lasting memories and a love for learning that will stay with us for a lifetime. Thank you for being an essential part of the Guin Foss Elementary School family!
Dustin O’Malley, Ed.D.