Superintendent & Leadership
|Admin Assistant | Hope Gold|
Erica Balakian is a leader with 19 years of experience working in the K-12 public education sector. She has held school and central office management level positions with San Diego Unified School District, the Partnership for Los Angeles School (LAUSD), Partners for Developing Futures, the San Diego County Office of Education, and most recently as the Executive Director of General Services with Lemon Grove School District. She has extensive experience successfully analyzing problems and developing solutions, creating systems and managing resources in the areas of Assessment and Accountability, Data Analysis, Strategic Planning, Budget and Finance, Facilities and Maintenance, Food Services, Technology and Training, Purchasing, Inventory, Warehouse Operations, and School Safety.
Ms. Balakian has dedicated her career to improving systems and achieving high functioning school operations knowing that these are foundational elements to accomplishing the student achievement vision and goals of any district. She is honored and excited to be the Superintendent of Lemon Grove School District.
Erica received her certificate in School Business Management through the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California and the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO). Additionally, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from California State University, San Marcos, and a Master’s in Business Administration from San Diego State University.
|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.
Her love of leadership and collaborating with teachers called her to become a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) in 2014 specializing in Blended Learning and Technology Integration. She played a key role in staff development by providing training and coaching to all teachers on staff. As a Google certified trainer she was instrumental in leading the district staff in the transition to Google. In addition, she has served as multiple district positions including administrator designee, grant writer, special education summer school teacher and administrator, as well as serving on many teacher leadership committees such as curriculum, restorative practice, health and wellness, and technology. She also wrote the grant that brought Girls on the Run to Lemon Grove.
|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.