Service and Leadership for Student Achievement

A Salute to Teachers

​​​​​​​​​​​​2014 San Diego County Teachers of the Year

  • Kerry Araiza, Pomerado Elementary School (Poway Unified School District)
  • Eileen Bagg-Rizzo, Santana High School (Grossmont Union High School District) 
  • Bethany Chaffin, Reidy Creek elementary School (Escondido Union School District)
  • Cindy Jackson, Hidden Valley Middle School (Escondido Union School District) 
  • Crystal Rienick, Valley Center High School (Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District)
Mark your calendar for the next "Salute!"

The 24th Annual "Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers" sponsored by Ashford University, will be televised LIVE from the Balboa Theatre on Oct. 11, 2014 at 7 p.m.  The Academy Awards-style television special honors San Diego County's 26,000 public school teachers.

Tickets are on sale NOW!  Download an order form here.​​

Districts throughout the county selected their own teachers of the year based on student achievement, teaching philosophy, and the ability to serve as ambassadors of education.  Five of the 42 district nominees will be named San Diego County Teachers of the Year.  Our five winners will then become candidates for California Teacher of the Year honors.  And the nominees are…

2015 San Dieg​o County Teacher of the Year Nominees

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Lauriana Leoncavallo
​Bonsall Unified ​Sch​ool District

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Cheryl Lambe​​
Cajon Valley Union School District

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Maria Teran-Cruz
Carlsbad Unified School District

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​Del Mar Union School District
Pamela Barger

Jeanne Benowitz-100.jpg

​Encinitas Union School District
Jeanne Benowitz

Erin Duran-100.jpg

​Escondido Union High School District
Erin Duran

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​Escondido Union School District
Cristina Meglich

Stephanie Threatt-100.jpg

​Escondido Union School District
Stephanie Threatt

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​Fallbrook Union Elementary School District
Megan Leech

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​Fallbrook Union High School District
Jesse Schuveiller

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​Grossmont Union High School District
Debbie Burton

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​Grossmont Union High School District
John Berray​

Karen Stewart-100.jpg

​Jamul-Dulzura Union School District
Karen Stewart

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​La Mesa-Spring Valley School District
Micheal Brus

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​Lakeside Union School District
Mary Goins

Beth Sandford-100.jpg

​Mountain Empire Unified School District
Beth Sandford

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​National School District
Natalia Morales

Jennifer Hamby-100.jpg

​Oceanside Unified School District
Jennifer Hamby

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​Oceanside Unified School District
Melanie Nance

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​Poway Unified School District
Mike Bird

Stephanie Martin-100.jpg

​Poway Unified School District
Stephanie Martin

​​Crystal Ochoa-100.jpg

​Poway Unified School District
Crystal Ochoa​

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​Ramona Unified School District
Matt Filson

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​San Diego County Office of Education
​Sara Matthews

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​San Diego Unified School District
Sara Church

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​San Diego Unified School District
Dennis Gildehaus

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​San Diego Unified School District
Ken Herschman​

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​San Diego Unified School District
Margarita Idos

Khamphet Pease-100.jpg

​San Diego Unified School District
Khamphet Pease

Jaimee Rojas-100.jpg

​San Diego Unified School District
Jaimee Rojas

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​San Dieguito Union High School District
Scott Huntley

Yael Bozzay-100.jpg

​San Marcos Unified School District
Yael Bozzay​​

Marisela Lozano-100.jpg

​San Ysidro School District
Marisela Lozano

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​Santee School District
Joseph Kemery Jr.

Monica Rainville-100.jpg

​Solana Beach School District
Monica Rainville

Rebecca Carson-100.jpg

​South Bay Union School District
Rebecca Carson

Amy Cruz-100.jpg

​Sweetwater Union High School District
Amy Cruz

Eric Esperon-100.jpg

​Sweetwater Union High School District
Eric Esperon

Ed Gillet-100.jpg

​Sweetwater Union High School District
Ed Gillet

Helen Keeran-100.jpg

​Sweetwater Union High School District
Helen Keeran

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​Sweetwater Union High School District
Viana Rodriguez

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​​Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District
Sarah Songer​​​​

Past San Diego County Teachers of the Year
Information for 2015 District Teachers of the Year