Local teachers nominated for Crystal Apple Awards

Ten teachers, one from each of the represented middle and high schools of the San Dieguito and Rancho Santa Fe school districts, will be honored for their excellence in teaching, at the Crystal Apple Awards on May 12 at 7 p.m. at 12701 Torrey Bluff Drive, San Diego 92130.

The Del Mar Stake, a local branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has hosted this event annually at the Del Mar Stake building since 1994. The award ceremony, which is open to the public, generally includes the attendance of school principals, campus supervisors, city council members, and the San Dieguito school district superintendent.

The Crystal Apple Award is unique from other teaching recognitions in that the teachers are nominated for the award “not by professionals” as President Jerald Crickmore of the Del Mar Stake explains, “but rather by their very own students, through nominative essays that their students write describing why their teacher deserves to receive the award.”

Last year, Steve Rossier, a history teacher honoree from Rancho Santa Fe School remarked during his acceptance of the award, “There is no recognition that I can receive from my district, superintendent, principal, or anyone, that means more to me than this. So thank you from the bottom of my heart. This means everything.”

Alison Tickle from Oak Crest Middle School, responding to her nomination this year, wrote,” Thank you for taking the time to honor teachers!” This year’s recipients include: Torrey Pines High School: Matt Chess (Soc Science); La Costa Canyon High School: Matt Cunningham (Eng); Canyon Crest High School: Amy Villanova (Music); San Dieguito Academy: Suzanne McCluskey (Spanish); Rancho Santa Fe School: Paul Coco (Math); Carmel Valley Middle School: Jasmine Stiles (PE); Diegueno Middle School: Hilary Crain (Eng); Oak Crest Middle School: Alison Tickle (Eng); Earl Warren Middle School: Heidi Robson (Math); and Sunset High School: Mike Walhstrom (Math).

The general public is encourage to join this celebration for our top educators. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please call Kelli Lessie at 858-481-1586.

   
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