Principal's Message

It is a privilege to be the principal of Carpinteria Middle School. CMS is becoming a school where a culture of caring is valued and all students and staff are treated with respect. Teachers are deliberate in teaching social emotional intelligence to our students through the advisory and survey classes, as well as in the academic setting. Instruction is engaging, rigorous, and standards-based. We are passionate about working with middle school age students because these years are crucial and formative in their development. As a parent myself, I recognize the importance of solid guidance and direction during the formative years of middle school. I love being a part of this journey with them, together with you.

My career in education spans over 30 years. I have been a math teacher at the middle school and high school level for 27 years and have held numerous academic leadership positions. I have also served as high school assistant principal for three years before becoming the principal of CMS. This is my dream job and I adore the teachers, students, and staff of this amazing school.

Through PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) we are communicating clearly to students what we expect from them throughout all settings of the school. We are also treating them with respect. We recognize that students will excel when they feel accepted, cared for, and safe. I very much look forward to getting to know all of you and to working together in the coming years.

Working together,


Lisa O’Shea


Es un privilegio ser la directora de Carpinteria Middle School; CMS se está convirtiendo en una escuela donde se valora una cultura de cuidado y todos los estudiantes y el personal son tratados con respeto. Los maestros son deliberados en la enseñanza de inteligencia social y emocional para nuestros estudiantes a través de las clases de asesoramiento y encuesta, así como en el entorno académico. La instrucción es atractiva, rigurosa y basada en los estándares. Nos apasiona trabajar con estudiantes de secundaria, porque estos años son cruciales y formativos en su desarrollo. Me encanta ser parte de este viaje con ellos, junto contigo. Mi carrera en educación abarca más de 30 años. He sido maestra de matemáticas en la escuela intermedia y secundaria durante 27 años. También he servido como subdirectora de la escuela secundaria durante tres años antes de convertirme en la directora de CMS. Este es mi trabajo ideal y adoro a los maestros, estudiantes y al personal de esta increíble escuela. A través de PBIS (Intervenciones y Soportes de Comportamiento Positivo) nos comunicamos claramente a los estudiantes lo que esperamos de ellos en todos los entornos de la escuela. También los estamos tratando con respeto. Reconocemos que los estudiantes sobresaldrán cuando se sientan aceptados, cuidados y seguros. Espero conocerlos a todos y trabajar juntos en los próximos años.


Lisa O’Shea