My name is Alison Palmer, and I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia (still a Braves and Falcons fan). With a brief move to freezing Winnipeg, Manitoba, my family headed out west to Irvine, California in the mid-70’s where I spent my formative years. I come from a family of educators who emphasized the importance of education from the day I was born. Through years of volunteer work, I knew I was destined to become a teacher.
I ventured back to my Southern roots to attend college at The University of Alabama in 1990 (Roll Tide Roll!). I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. My last semester was spent abroad as a student teacher in Geelong, Australia.
All of my professional teaching experiences have been in the private sector. Upon graduation in 1995, I accepted my first teaching position in second grade at The Meadows School in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After marrying my college sweetheart and moving to Del Mar in 1997, I substituted within the private sector before accepting an assistant position at La Jolla Country Day School. Since there were no available teaching positions at the time, I began working on my credential with the intention of teaching in the public school system. As luck would have it, I missed the turn into the Encinitas Union School District office and made a quick U-Turn into the Rhoades School parking lot. Dressed for success with résumé in hand, I walked into the quaint school and dropped off my papers with Mr. Jeff Nolan. Shortly thereafter, I was interviewed and offered a first grade teaching position for the fall of 1998. I taught first grade at Rhoades until 2005 when Luke, my beautiful baby boy, came into the world.
I worked part-time for the following three years with both Holly Wolfe and Kem Graham in admissions. My job entailed assessing incoming students, conducting tours, and educating prospective parents about the philosophy of our school. During this time, I also completed my graduate degree and obtained a Master’s in Early Childhood Education.
In 2011-2012, I concluded a long-term substitute job in second grade while Amy Masterson was on maternity leave.
In 2012-2013, I wore many hats at Rhoades! My titles included the 8th grade homeroom teacher, the Kindergarten through 2nd grade science teacher, as well as an on-site sub filling in for various faculty members as needed.
In 2014, I landed back in first grade as the homeroom teacher until Mrs. Schweighart announced her retirement in third grade.
In 2018, I began working with my dear friend, Ms. Bose, in third grade. It’s hard to believe I had her first born son in my first grade class back in my early days at Rhoades.
My personal interests include spending quality time with friends and family, traveling, music, exploring nature, greyhound adoption, beach clean-up, college football and sports.
Teaching is certainly the most invigorating and rewarding career that I could have chosen. This wonderful profession has happily consumed my days and nights.