Temecula Luiseno Elementary School

Meet Our Staff



Mr. Tim Dignan, Principal

Mr. Dignan is in his 6th year as principal at TLES.  Prior to holding this position, he served as an assistant principal here at TLES and Great Oak High School.  Before moving to administration, he was a science teacher at both the middle school and high school levels for 18 years.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Dignan has also coached basketball at the youth, high school and college levels for more than 25 years.  Mr. Dignan and his wife have three children, Seth (15 years old), Kolby (13 years old) and Kelsey (11 years old).  Mr. Dignan’s current hobbies include coaching youth sports, traveling with his family, and an occasional round of golf.



Mrs. Vanessa Wierenga, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Wierenga is in her 6th year as an assistant principal at TLES.  She is excited to see her first TLES kindergarters grown up and in 5th grade this year.  She shares her time between Temecula Luiseno and Red Hawk Elementary.  She has taught primary and upper elementary grades in Temecula.  Two of those years were spent as a Distinguished Teacher in Residence at California State University, San Marcos. She is also a teaching fellow with the San Marcos Writing Project and has directed the Temecula Young Writers Camp in past summers.  Mrs. Wierenga is excited to expand her family this fall with the wedding of her son.  As a family they enjoy locations where there is surf and hiking in high altitudes.  Her husband is a middle school PE teacher and they both enjoy the beautiful palm and water oasis he has created at their home.

Office Staff



Katherine Lee


(951) 294-6340 ext. 2503

Paula Giangrande


(951) 294-6340 ext. 2502


Denay Escamilla

Health Office



(951) 294-6340 ext. 2519

Erik Gonzales


(951) 294-6340 ext. 2513

Library Staff


Lori Brown

Library/Media Technician

Phone: (951) 294-6340 ext. 2510

Teri Rose

Library Aide


Phone: (951) 294-6340 ext. 2510

Daphne Ruby

Library Aide

Phone: (951) 294-6340 ext. 2510

Student Nutrition



Kitchen Manager

Phone: (951) 294-6340 ext. 2520


Lunch Assistant

Phone: (951) 294-6340 ext. 2520