Our School » Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Dear Melrose Family,

I am excited and honored to introduce myself as the new principal of Melrose Elementary School beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. 

I have wanted to be a teacher since I was five years old and have had the honor of working in the Los Angeles Unified School District for the past 19 years in multiple roles: as a 1st, 2nd, and 4th-grade classroom teacher for 9 years at Commonwealth Avenue Elementary School, an English Learner Coordinator at Third Street Elementary School, Common Core Math Facilitator for Local District East, Title 3 Coach at Cahuenga Elementary School, Elementary Math Coordinator for Local District Central, and most recently, as the principal at Dr. Sammy Lee Medical & Health Science Magnet School. 

Throughout these experiences, I have learned:  

  1. Learning never ends. For over the past two years, we were all learning how to engage students and communities in new ways in response to COVID-19. Teachers and staff had to learn to use different platforms and implement creative strategies, parents had to learn to balance life at home and work, and students had to adapt to new ways of life. As we begin the new year, we will continue to learn together how to effectively meet the needs of our children.
  2. Success is obtained and maintained through a community. I want to assure you that I will work alongside all of you to provide our children with strong and engaging instruction to meet their social, emotional, physical, and academic needs. “Children are the priority. Change is the reality. Collaboration is the strategy.” – Judith Billings. Our focus will be on student learning and outcomes. The safety and well-being of our school staff, students, and community will also be at the top of my priorities. 


I look forward to continuing the great work at Melrose and partnering with all of you to ensure that our children receive the best education possible while removing barriers of inequity. I believe that the challenges we have faced will help bring a continuous circle of support, love, and empathy for each other. We're in this together! We will share laughter, tears, love, fears, successes, and challenges.


Please know that my physical and virtual doors are always open. I'm only a walk, a phone call, a zoom, and an email away. We remain stronger together. Here’s to a great 2022-23 school year!


-Mrs. Yoo, Principal


On a personal note, I am a wife of 18 years and a mother of two children (Abigail-6, Caleb-13) and a Maltese (Toby-2).

Our school wide commitment to Keeping the High Five Alive is off and running as we reinforce the power of the High Five Rules:

Be Responsible

Be Respectful

Be Kind

Be Helpful

Be Safe