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Meet Dr. Terri Leon

Dr. Terri Leon is a proud product of the Simi Valley School system. After graduating SVHS, she attended the University of California, Santa Barbara for a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, teaching credential, and master’s degree in Education. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership, and administrative credential from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Leon came to Simi Valley Schools in 2005, as an English teacher at Valley View Middle School and Simi Valley High School. She then became Assistant Principal at Royal High School, followed by Valley View Middle School. Dr. Leon was named the Coordinator of Curriculum and Assessment for the District, and then served as Director of Instructional Support for Oxnard Union High School District before coming to Atherwood Elementary.

This is her fourth year as Principal at Atherwood Elementary, and she is so excited to be part of the All-Star community!

Dr. Leon is married to a wonderful man, Carlos, and has an exuberant six-year-old son named Antonio. She loves spending time with her family, drinking good coffee, and reading!


August 2021

Dear Atherwood Families,

Welcome, All-Stars, to the 2021-2022 school year at Atherwood Elementary. We are so excited to have our kids back on campus for the full day, and we want you to know that we are in this together! 

I look forward to continuing to serve as Atherwood’s Principal, and it is my number one priority at Atherwood to ensure that every student receives a high-quality education in an environment where they know they are valued, encouraged, and have a special place in our school. I believe that there is no greater trust a parent can place in others than that of educating their child and I will do my best for each and every one of our kids.

This year promises to be one of growing, learning, and gaining new experiences for all of us, teachers and students alike as we start the year in the virtual learning model. 

We are excited to continue partnering with our parents, students, and community on our journey as a "Leader in Me" school, and to work together to help students thrive. Our goal is to empower students with the academic, leadership, and life skills they need to be successful. We believe that:

  1. Everyone can be a leader.

  2. Everyone has genius.

  3. Change starts with me.

  4. Educators empower students to lead their own learning.

  5. We develop the whole person.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me anytime at


Dr. Terri Leon
Atherwood Elementary School