Five phenomenal teachers were named 2011 San Diego County Teachers of
the Year Saturday at the 20th anniversary production of Cox Presents A
Salute to Teachers at sold-out Balboa Theatre.
The new County Teachers of the Year are:
Darin Curtis, a physical education teacher at Tierra del Sol Middle
School in the Lakeside Union School District; Ericka Senegar-Mitchell, a
biology and advanced place biology and biotechnology teacher at Serra
High in the San Diego Unified School District; Eric Frandsen, a math
teacher from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in the Oceanside
Unified School District; Shaylene Watkins, a 4th/5th grade teacher at
Monterey Ridge Elementary in the Poway Unified School District; And
Stephen Keiley, another 4th/5th grade teacher, who works at the downtown
San Diego Monarch School for homeless and at-risk youth.
The five new Teachers of the Year are now candidates for California
Teacher of the Year. Their announcement, by County Superintendent of
Schools Randy Ward and Cox Communications Vice President Sam Attisha,
concluded a wildly emotional and enthusiastic awards presentation, the
20th anniversary production of Cox Presents A Salute to Teachers.
The Salute was televised live by Ch. 4 San Diego. CNN news anchor Kyra
Philips, an alum of Helix High, and Ch. 4’s Dennis Morgigno were the
Before the new County Teachers of the Year were announced, 10 finalists
were introduced, one at a time, over the course of the two-hour Salute
to Teachers production. The five departing County Teachers of the Year
were among the awards presenters.
The 10 finalists included the five eventual winners and: Sofia Sandoval
of Southwest High in the Sweetwater Union High School District; Jessica
Frichtel of Kearny Construction Technology Academy in San Diego Unified
School District; Kristina Campbell of Sweetwater High in the Sweetwater
Union High School District; Kasey Galik of the San Dieguito Union High
School District; and Aida Jarrett of Hilltop Middle School of the
Sweetwater Union High School District.