Jenny Salberg

On behalf of the Laguna Beach Unified School District, welcome to Thurston Middle School, home of the Wave Riders.

My name is Jenny Salberg and I have been principal at Thurston Middle School since 2009. This is my 27th year as an educator and in my previous roles have served as assistant principal for Thurston Middle School, and as a classroom teacher; 20 of those years have been with the Laguna Beach Unified School District. 

I received a Master’s in School Administration from Azusa Pacific University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of LaVerne. 

I trust that this website will provide you the information you need to become familiar with some of the programs and opportunities available for all our Thurston Middle School students. Please contact me or any of our support team if you need more information at 949-497-7785.

Lisa Brackez
Assistant Principal

Ms. Brackez has served as assistant principal at Thurston Middle School since 2016, this is her 19th year in education. 

Prior to joining the Wave Rider staff, she served as assistant principal at Laguna Beach High School. In her previous roles, she has served as assistant principal of academics at Cactus Shadows High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., and assistant principal at Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley, Ariz.  She was also an 8th grade math teacher at Los Alisos Intermediate School in Mission Viejo, CA.  In her positions, she has led school-wide curriculum and assessment programs and the International Baccalaureate program. 

Ms. Brackez has a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in mathematics from California State University, Fullerton. Additionally, Ms. Brackez holds an Administrative Services Credential, Multiple Subject Clear Credential with Supplementary Authorization in Math and English, and a CLAD Clear Certificate.


2100 Park Ave.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 
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