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 2014 Mission Federal I’m Thankful for My Teacher Winners Announced

​The results are in! Mission Federal Credit Union​'s award-winning I’m Thankful for My Teacher campaign continues to exceed expectations, with students sending in an impressive 6,623 thank-you notes to 500 teachers at 100 different schools throughout San Diego. That totals nearly 40,000 heartfelt thank-you cards over the past six years. Mission Fed has also rewarded the top 10 schools that turned in the most thank-you notes or with the highest participation percentages with $200 School Spirit Awards, and special Outstanding Teacher Dedication Award prizes are planned for 10 additional deserving teachers. 

Congratulations to this year’s outstanding winners:

Highest Teacher Recognition and Classes

Elementary School

  • Tamara Vaughan – Ericson Elementary,San Diego Unified School District
  • Azu​cena Velazquez – Montgomery Elementary,Chula Vista Unified School District

Middle School

  • Leslie Garcia – Montgomery Middle, Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Christina Wurtz – Montgomery Middle, Sweetwater Union High School District

High School

  • Adrian Lindeen – Grossmont High School, Grossmont Union High School District
  • Callie Tuck – Escondido Community Day School, Escondido Union High School District

Charter/Home/Private/Internet School

  • Scott Lyons – Chula Vista Learning Community Charter, Chula Vista Elementary School District
  • Elaine Arbuthnot – St. Michael’s Academy, Catholic Diocese


School Spirit Awards

  • Palomar Elementary, Chula Vista Elementary School District
  • Pacific Rim Elementary, Carlsbad Unified School District
  • Cadman Elementary, San Diego Unified School District
  • Park Dale Lane Elementary, Encinitas Unified School District
  • Mason Elementary, San Diego Unified School District
  • Lincoln Acres Elementary, National Elementary District​
  • El Toyon Elementary, National Elementary District
  • Rancho de la Nacion Elementary, National School District
  • Orange Glen Elementary, Escondido Union School District
  • Montgomery Middle, Cajon Valley Union School District


Outstanding Teacher D​edication Awards

  • Scott Lyons – Chula Vista Learning Community Charter, Chula Vista Elementary School District
  • Paige Rollins – Del Mar Heights Elementary, Del Mar Unified School District
  • Jamie Cozens – Pacific Rim Elementary, Carlsbad Unified School District
  • Michael McElman – River Valley Charter, Lakeside Union School District
  • Claudia Saipe – Cadman Elementary, San Diego Unified School District
  • Alexis Melrose – Mira Mesa High School, San Diego Unified School District
  • Janie Cox – Hilltop Elementary, Chula Vista Elementary School District
  • Tina Carpenter – Central Elementary, South Bay Union School District
  • Miguel Serrano – Oneonta Elementary, South Bay Union School District
  • Kristen Maduena – Rancho de la Nacion Elementary, National School District​