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 Honoring Our Own Awards Recognize Those Who Improve Education

​​San Diego County will honor the educators, parents, community members, board members and support staff who make a difference in the lives of students at the annual Honoring Our Own Awards.

"It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the successes that make working for quality education so rewarding," said Katie Dexter, president of the San Diego County School Boards Association.

The awards dinner will be held April 24, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. It's the 13th year for the event, which is a collaboration between the Association of California School Administrators Region 18 and the San Diego County School Boards Association.

Honorees this year are:

Superintendent: Devin Vodicka, Vista Unified School District

Secondary Principal: Simon Canalez, Brawley Union High School District

Middle Grades Principal: Jay Marquand, Coronado Unified School District

Middle Grades Principal: Steve Mull, Lakeside Union School District

Elementary Principal: Carolanne Buguey, San Diego Unified School District

Elementary Principal: Andy Johnsen, Poway Unified School District

Elementary Principal: Rick Oser, Lemon Grove School District

Central Office: Alfredo Amador, Escondido Union High School District

Secondary Co-Administrator: Heather Potter, San Diego Unified School District

Classified Leader: Kimberly Dessert, El Centro Elementary School District

Confidential Employee: Jennifer Harling, San Diego Unified School District

Special Education: Deborah Montoya, Imperial County Office of Education

Personnel/Human Resources: Stephen Mahoney, Cajon Valley Union School District

Personnel/Human Resources: Kimberly Phifer, South Bay Union School District

Superintendent/Principal: Ruben Castro, Seeley Elementary School District

Business Services: Julie Macy Kimball, Valley Center-Pauma Union School District

Pupil Personnel: Olivia Rivera, Jamul-Dulzura Union School District

Curriculum and Instruction: Shari Fernandez, Vista Unified School District

Curriculum and Instruction: Ruth Hellams, Escondido Union School District

Continuation/Educational Options: Dave Lohman, Ramona Unified School District

Professor of Education: Douglas Fisher, San Diego State University

Retired: Robert Raines, former San Diego Unified School District

Technology Administrator: Gary Altstadt, San Diego Unified School District

School Board Member: Twila Godley, Lakeside Union School District

Parent Volunteer: Stephanie Kowack, Solana Beach School District

Staff Member: Terry Loyo, South Bay Union School District

Community Partner: Steve Devan, President and CEO Grossmont Schools Federal Credit Union

Confidential/Administrative Staff Member: Rochelle Dawes, Walker Elementary School, San Diego Unified School District

Rookie Board Member of the Year: Rich Alderson, Vista Unified School District