Principal's Message

Picture of Dr. Lucia Perales


Dr. Lucia Perales is the proud principal of Sycamore Elementary. She has been an educator for 16 years, she is beginning her 7th year with Orange Unified School District. Dr. Perales is committed to serving the Sycamore community and promoting student academic achievement through her role of principal. 

Dr. Perales was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and raised in Los Angeles, and lived a mile from USC.  She graduated from Smith College with a B.A in Education and Spanish. She has earned her M.A in Education from CSU Dominguez Hills with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. In 2014, she received her Doctorate in Education from USC, with an emphasis in K-12 Leadership.

Her involvement with The Upward Bound Program, The Fulfillment Fund, and The Riordan Fellows Program at UCLA has provided her with a strong sense of responsibility to give back. Consequently, Dr. Perales strives to positively affect the lives of those around her through education, this is her educational philosophy. She sees education as a calling and not just a job. She is a product of public education and believes in the importance of strong support for all students. As a first-generation student, a Latina, and coming from a low socio-economic status, Dr. Perales wants to be a role model to her students and staff. She wants all educational stakeholders to always persevere in spite of the daily life challenges. 

On the personal note, Dr. Perales is married to an extremely supportive husband. She has two children: a daughter (Alyssa, 6) and son (Anthony, 3).