Fallbrook native Lily Perez now runs Live Oak Elementary
Last updated 9/20/2007 at Noon
Joy illuminates Lily Perez’ face when she talks about her love of kids. For this new principal of Live Oak Elementary School, her job is a natural extension of that affection, for she now oversees the education of 773 students – 14 more than expected transferred from St. Peter’s, St. Stephen and Zion.
To hear her tell it, she loves them all. Before taking this job in August, she served as assistant principal under Tom Rhine, who moved on to Iowa Street School. Prior to that, she was a lead teacher at Maie Ellis, so Perez has been involved in these students’ lives almost as long as...