• Principal Heffernan

    Principal Heffernan


    Assistant Principal Mrs. West

    assistant principal

  • Welcome To Stuart Mesa!

    Dear Stuart Mesa Families,

    It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to you as your principal of Stuart Mesa School. It is truly an honor to become a part of the Stuart Mesa family and community. I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. I live in Oceanside with my husband of 25 years, Herbert, and my two college kids, Justus and Liberty. I have 15 years of classroom experience from preschool to sixth grade and 8 years of administrative experience including four years as an Assistant Principal. I hold a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Technology and an Educational Specialist Credential (mild/moderate) with my certification in Autism. I am a passionate educator who believes all children have the right to a high-quality education.

    I have a special heart for our military families. As a daughter of a former Marine, I remember our family having to move multiple times. We had to start in a new school, a new town and make new friends. I know some of the struggles our students face and how very important it is to create a warm, welcoming, and supportive learning environment where students and parents can feel connected and accepted. 

    I am looking forward to partnering with our stakeholders to honor the achievements Stuart Mesa has accomplished and work together to meet the needs of our staff, students, and military families. Together we are going to make it a great year.

    Please know my door is always open. 

    Rhonda Heffernan


    Stuart Mesa

Assistant Principal

  • Dear Families and Community Members,

    It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I introduce myself. My name is Serina West, assistant principal for Stuart Mesa K-8 school. I have been a teacher for the Oceanside Unified School District for over 21 years and served as Interim principal at Garrison Elementary School. My love for working with students and my strong support for public education has inspired me to serve in a variety of leadership roles at the local, state, and national level. I hold a National Board Certification in Teaching, two Masters Degrees; Master of Arts in Teaching and Masters of Arts in Education Administration. 

    Although I am humbly proud of my accomplishments, I saved the best for last! I was born and raised in Knoxville Tennessee. I am a grandmother of 4 grandsons, and a mother of two beautiful daughters whose father is a retired service member. Both my daughters attended schools in the Oceanside Unified School District. 

    I am honored to be supporting staff, students, parents, and community members of the Oceanside Unified School District. I am committed to students' educational growth as well as their social and emotional well-being.  I look forward to an exciting year supporting you as assistant principal of Stuart Mesa!


    Serina West

    Assistant Principal