After earning an undergraduate and master’s degree from University of Illinois (secondary education) and a master’s degree (education administration) from Columbia University, Tolomeo spent 16 years teaching English learners and Spanish.
One of the schools where she taught, Oak Park and River Forest, is the alma mater of many well-known persons as diverse as Ernest Hemingway and Dan Castellaneta, the voice of TV's Homer Simpson.
Her husband and two daughters are still in Illinois and will join her in July.
"The lifestyle here is so much more laid back and welcoming," Tolomeo said. "I fell in love with Point Loma High School the first time I came here, found out about it's history and realized it was a good place for me."
Tolomeo has found PLHS to be "a great school, with lots of pride which I love. They have great teachers, the students are very involved in clubs and athletics. It's just a wonderful school and I'm glad to be a part of it."