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 October 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm.  The Academy Awards-style television special honors San Diego County's 26,000 public school teachers. Tickets for "A Salute to Teachers" will go on sale in August.

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 Diego County Teacher of the Year Nominees

Bonsall Unified School District, Lauriana Leoncavallo
Cajon Valley Union School District, Cheryl Lambe
Carlsbad Unified School District, Maria Teran-Cruz
Del Mar Union School District, Pamela Barger
Encinitas Union School District, Jeanne Benowitz
Escondido Union High School District, Erin Duran
Escondido Union School District, Cristina Meglich
Escondido Union School District, Stephanie Threatt
Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, Megan Leech
Fallbrook Union High School District, Jesse Schuveiller
Grossmont Union High School District, Debbie Burton
Grossmont Union High School District, John Berray
Jamul-Dulzura Union School District, Karen Stewart
La Mesa-Spring Valley School District, Micheal Brus
Lakeside Union School District, Mary Goins
Mountain Empire Unified School District, Beth Sandford
National School District, Natalia Morales
Oceanside Unified School District, Jennifer Hamby
Oceanside Unified School District, Melanie Nance
Poway Unified School District, Mike Bird
Poway Unified School District, Crystal Ochoa
Poway Unified School District, Stephanie Martin
Ramona Unified School District, Matt Filson
San Diego County Office of Education, Sara Matthews
San Diego Unified School District, Ken Herschman
San Diego Unified School District, Sara Church
San Diego Unified School District, Jaimee Rojas
San Diego Unified School District, Dennis Gildehaus
San Diego Unified School District, Khamphet Pease
San Diego Unified School District, Margarita Idos
San Dieguito Union High School District, Scott Huntley
San Marcos Unified School District, Yael Bozzay
San Ysidro School District, Marisela Lozano
Santee School District, Joseph Kemery Jr.
Solana Beach School District, Monica Rainville
South Bay Union School District, Rebecca Bengtson-Carson
Sweetwater Union High School District, Helen Keeran
Sweetwater Union High School District, Amy Cruz
Sweetwater Union High School District, Ed Gillet
Sweetwater Union High School District, Viana Rodriguez
Sweetwater Union High School District, Eric Esperon
​Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District, Sarah Songer​

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