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County school administrators, education officials honored

Carlsbad Unified School District Superintendent Benjamin Churchill was named Superintendent of the Year for 2022.
Carlsbad Unified School District Superintendent Benjamin Churchill was named Superintendent of the Year for 2022 by the Association of California School Administrators Region 18.
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Two San Diego County education associations have named their 2022 honorees and set the date for an event honoring all of them.

The winners of the annual Honoring Our Own awards are selected by the San Diego County School Boards Association Region 17 and the Association of California School Administrators Region 18. Their 20th annual celebration event, “Evening of the Stars,” will be held May 7 at the San Diego Sheraton Resort and Marina. Nearly 500 educational leaders and friends of the educational community are expected to attend. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3sw6xH5. Registration closes April 22.

The Association of California School Administrators Region 18 (regions.acsa.org/18/) comprises nearly 1,400 educational leaders, and the region encompasses San Diego and Imperial counties. The Administrators of the Year chosen by the association are:

Carlsbad Unified School District Superintendent Ben Churchill
Carlsbad Unified School District Superintendent Ben Churchill
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Superintendent: Benjamin Churchill, Carlsbad Unified School District

Secondary Principal: Cynthia Larkin, San Diego Unified School District

Middle Grades Principal: Ernesto Valenzuela, Imperial County Office of Education

Libby Elementary Principal Cesar Mora was named Elementary Principal of the Year by the ACSA.
Libby Elementary Principal Cesar Mora was named Elementary Principal of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators.
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Elementary Principal: Cesar Mora, Oceanside Unified School District

Elementary Principal: Ricardo Ceceña, Poway Unified School District

Central Office: Tracy Thompson, San Diego County Office of Education

Secondary Co Administrator: Yael Bozzay, Poway Unified School District

Elementary Co Administrator: Tammy Lee, San Pasqual Union School District

Classified Leader: Alvaro Ramirez, Imperial County Office of Education

Confidential Employee: Francesca Flores, San Diego Unified School District

Personnel/Human Resources: Candice Ortiz, El Centro Elementary School District; Angelica Lopez, Encinitas Union School District

Career Technical Education: Sarah Vielma, San Diego Unified School District

Special Education: Rose Tagnesi, Grossmont Union High School District

Business Services: Warren “Drew” Rowlands, San Diego Unified School District

Student Services: Bill Dennett, Mountain Empire Unified School District

Sabrina Lee of the Solana Beach School District was named Curriculum & Instruction administrator of the year.
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Curriculum & Instruction: Sabrina Lee, Solana Beach School District

Continuation/Educational Options: Roberto Carrillo, San Diego County Office of Education

Retired: Celia A Ramirez, Region 18 Retiree Charter

Technology: Lana Nguyen, Poway Unified School District

Marcus Foster Memorial Award for Administrator Excellence nominees: Erin English, San Diego County Office of Education; Leslie Hardiman, Lakeside Union School District

The nonprofit California School Boards Association (csba.org) represents the elected officials who govern public school districts and county offices of education. The association has a membership of nearly 1,000 educational agencies statewide, including more than 40 in San Diego County. The 2022 Honoring Our Own award winners named by the San Diego County School Boards Association Region 17 are:

School Board Member: Richard Barerra, San Diego Unified School District

First Term School Board Member: Katrina Young, San Dieguito Union High School District

Staff Member: Joellen Semo, Coronado Unified School District

Conf/Admin Staff Member: Cheree McKean, Vista Unified School District

Parent Volunteer: Dorinda Soucek, Poway Unified School District

Community Partner: San Diego County K-12 Sector Team


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