Principal's Message

Meet the Principal

It is such an honor and privilege to be a part of the Montevideo Elementary School Staff and community. 

My years of schooling have provided me with a respect and understanding regarding the rigors of academia. I can truly relate to the students enjoyment of learning and the joy of innovation and creativity. I obtained my Bachelors of Arts degree in Child Development from California State University, Fullerton. I then went on to Chapman University for my teaching credential and my Masters of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Additionally, I received my Administrative Credential from the University of California, Irvine.

The education of students (of all ages) has been a passion of mine for most of my life! I have worked in the public school system for thirty years, and have had the opportunity to work with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. I served as a Mentor Teacher for a number of those years and am a fellow of the California Reading and Literature Project. I have presented both locally and nationally in the areas of reading, curriculum, assessment, gifted education and school wide reform. I have also served as an adjunct professor for Concordia University and as a "Teacher on Special Assignment" coordinating the Tustin Unified School District Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program. Before joining the Montevideo family, I was the Principal at Glen Yermo Elementary and Del Cerro Elementary in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, and I greatly enjoy my position as a school administrator.

On a personal note, my husband Ken and I were married for almost thirty years before his passing. Our legacy of love continues with a precious eleven year old boy named John! John and I enjoy church, traveling, amusement parks, reading, being with friends, hiking in nature, and spur of the moment adventures.

You can always reach me by phone at 949-586-6766 or through email at

It is such a blessing to be a part the Montevideo family, and I look forward to working with all of you as we join together to ensure the continued success of all our students.

Lisa Graham,

Principal of the Montevideo Mountaineers