Superintendent & Leadership
|Ms. Erica Balakian joined Lemon Grove School District in October 2017. She is an enthusiastic, student-centered leader with 20+ years of experience in K-12 public education - advancing academic achievement, educational equity, and operational excellence. She is a team builder with an accomplished record of performance in all facets of operations, developing collaborative partnerships, cultivating improved institutional practices, and promoting innovative solutions and dialogue. She is a proud graduate of our local schools and universities: Lincoln High School, Cal State San Marcos (BA Economics) and San Diego State University (MBA). She is a passionate, lifelong learner committed to the Lemon Grove School District and the it’s mission to educate and elevate our diverse community of learners.|
|Principal on Special Assignment|
|Human Resources & Professional Development|
Teresa first moved to Lemon Grove in 1994 when her military family was relocated and has lived in the two military housing developments in this area before purchasing a home near San Altos. Her husband served 27 years in the Navy and they are a proud military family. The military tradition continues as her children are current members of the United States Air Force.
She began teaching preschool in 1998 for the YMCA in City Heights and was hired in Lemon Grove to open the preschool at Mount Vernon in 2002. In 2005, she began teaching 2nd grade at Mount Vernon, after earning a Masters in Education from Azusa Pacific University. As every lifelong learner, she returned to school again in 2007 and earned her Masters in Educational Leadership as well as an administrative credential in 2009. From there, she was transferred to San Altos in 2010 into a combination classroom with first and second graders.
|Assistant Superintendent Educational Services|
|Admin Assistant | Delilah Baldwin|
|Edward Caballero grew up in the small town of San Jacinto, California, where he attended school preschool through community college. Mr. Caballero earned his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Education, bilingual teaching and administrative credential from the University of San Diego. His career in Education began in 1998 and has served as a classroom teacher, technology resource teacher, assistant principal, principal and central office administrator.|
|Chief Business Official|
Ms. Sheree Stopper has proudly served the students, staff, parents and community of Lemon Grove School District since January 2018, most recently as Director of Fiscal Services. In this role, she oversaw Purchasing, Accounting, Accounts Payable, Finance and Payroll.
Prior to coming to Lemon Grove School District she began her career in public education with the San Diego County Office of Education as the Payroll Services Manager, in which she provided technical expertise and advisory services regarding payroll administration to the County Office, School Districts, Community Colleges, and Charter Schools.
In August 2018, Ms. Stopper earned her Chief Business Official (CBO) certification through the the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO). Additionally, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Pacific University, and a Master of Science focused in Taxation from National University.