Carmel Valley woman to be honored as county’s ‘Parent Volunteer of the Year’

A Carmel Valley parent will be celebrated for her work with the Solana Beach School District, San Dieguito Union High School District and the greater community during the San Diego County Office of Education’s 13th annual “Honoring Our Own” awards dinner April 24.

In partnership with the Association of California School Administers, the San Diego County School Boards Association recognizes outstanding individual board members, administrators, staff, parents and community members every year. Stephanie Kowack was selected as the county’s “Parent Volunteer of the Year.”

Originally from the East Coast, Kowack has three children who have all attended Solana Beach district schools. At the March 12 Solana Beach School Board meeting, she thanked the district’s teachers for their passion.

“Supporting that, as a parent, has been really rewarding,” she said.

In the past eight years, Kowack has been an active member of the parent teacher associations at Solana Highlands Elementary School, Solana Pacific School and Carmel Valley Middle School. Until recently, she also served as auditor of the North Coastal Council of PTAs.

In addition, Kowack has participated in school and district strategic planning meetings and district advisory board meetings, explained board president Vicki King. She is also an active volunteer for Girl Scouts San Diego, Kids Korps USA, Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks and Female Athlete Volunteers.

“We wanted to, as a board, highlight all that you’ve done for our district and our community,” King said.

“I think, in life, there are people who stand out as leaders and people who stand out because they exemplify a quality of character that you can’t really learn. It’s just who you are.”

More than 500 members of the San Diego educational community are expected to attend the awards dinner, taking place from 5-9 p.m. April 24 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive in San Diego.