2018 Teachers of the Year

Georgeanne Gedney, early childhood special education teacher at Linda Vista Elementary, Sara Dickman, dance teacher at CPMA and Lynsey Littlefield, special education teacher/ASB advisor at Mission Bay High School are San Diego Unified’s 2018 Teachers of the Year (videos).

The three teachers, along with three Teacher of the Year runners-up and more than 80 site teachers of the year, were honored at the annual Day of the Teacher event held at De Portola Middle School. 

Kimberly Allard, science teacher at Vista Grande/Encanto elementary; Jeremiah Labrador, math teacher at De Portola; and Lara Dickens, physics and environmental studies teacher at Patrick Henry High School, were named runners up.

More than 400 guests, including Superintendent Cindy Marten, board trustees, employees and friends and families of the honorees, celebrated the outstanding accomplishments of the district’s teachers. 

“Teaching is hard work that can be all consuming. This is incredibly rewarding work,” said Superintendent Marten. “I think it’s difficult to truly understand the nuances of the profession unless you have experienced it first-hand. I spent 17 years in a classroom, so I understand what happens in our classrooms makes our success or failure as a system. And what you all do in the classroom every day is exceptional. Thank you.”

The ceremony kicked off with a performance by Sara Dickman’s dance students from CPMA. Superintendent Marten and board trustees thanked the teachers, and outgoing SDEA president Lindsay Burningham, expressed her appreciation for their dedication and hard work. 

The 2016 and 2017 District Teachers of the Year presented certificates and awards to the new honorees. Each of the new District Teachers of the Year were also featured in tribute videos that were played at the event. All site Teachers of the Year were invited up on stage and congratulated by the board trustees. To close out the evening, event sponsors California Schools VEBA, California Coast Credit Union and Mission Federal Credit Union presented honorees with gifts. 

Prior to the ceremony, the district hosted a reception (sponsored by California Schools VEBA, the Standard and the San Diego Education Fund) catered by San Diego Unified's award-winning culinary arts programs at Madison and Morse high schools. Guests snacked on such treats as lobster mac and cheese, prosciutto wrapped melon with mint, and chocolate mousse. Mission Bay High’s Gypsy Jazz Quartet provided music. 

Media Coverage

CBS 8 - Live - In Studio with Teachers of the Year

NBC 7 - Teacher Spotlight - Sara Dickman

KUSI - Live at TOY Event - Interview with CA Teacher of the Year Jaime Brown 


2018 Site Teacher of the Year Honorees 

First NameLast NameSchool Name
PattyAlbañezLanguage Academy
KimberlyAllardVista Grande Elementary School
TaraBarberBird Rock Elementary School
PeggyBenningerJones Elementary School
AudreyBlackField Elementary School 
DannyBlasSan Diego SCPA
LisaBolognaJerabek Elementary School
PenelopeBonggatCentral Elementary School
KishaBordenZamorano Fine Arts Academy
AmyBoelzleDingeman Elementary School
LisaBozigianBethune K-8
LauraBrodfuehrerAdapted Physical Education
TaniaBrooksSerra High School
MistyBurnworthHenry Clay Elementary School
LoriCahillPacific View Leadership Elementary
MichelleCannizzaroJefferson Elementary School
AmyCarbonnePorter Elementary School
MeganCaudleHardy Elementary School
ElisaCeseña-AlvaradoAudubon K-8
JeannineDeBarrosMiramar Ranch Elementary School
LaraDickensPatrick Henry High  School
SaraDickmanCreative Performing Media Arts Middle
ChristineDiosaMiller Elementary School
ChristopherDobbsWalker Elementary School
KaylaDonatoCarver Elementary School
CourtneeDonohoePacific Beach Middle School
MarisolDueñasSan Diego High School of Business and Leadership
RaquelDuránBalboa Elementary School
Patrick GoddardSan Diego High School of International Studies
MoniqueFalcónWashington Elementary School
TanyaFleckAdams Elementary School
JeffreyFloskyCorreia Middle School
EmmanuelFrancouisWegeforth Child Development Center
ErinGageHage Elementary School
ErinGantzLincoln High School
OmarGarcíaMorse High School
GeorgeanneGedneyLinda Vista Elementary STEAM Magnet
AliciaGelaroEllen Browning Scripps Elementary School
ScottGhaharyMcKinley Elementary School
EldaGómezWebster Elementary School
LuzGonzálezKimbrough Elementary School
PeterGroganWhittier Elementary School
LotusHangMann Middle School
MiroslavaHaro-ArteagaEuclid Child Development Center
GuyHenryInnovation Middle School
CarolynHernándezPacific Beach Elementary School
EllenHohensteinHoover High School
AmandaHollingerTaft Middle School
JessicaHuntBell Middle School
CynthiaJacobsLewis Middle School
DorothyJamesPorter Child Development Center
María LourdesJiménezRosa Parks Elementary School
KeithJohnsonMarshal Middle School
KimberleeJubalaLafayette Elementary School
StacyKlingkammerHickman Elementary School
ShelbyKubiszRolando Park Elementary School
JeremiahLabradorDe Portola Middle School
SandraLeonardJohn Muir Magnet TK-12
Mary JoLeoneBarnard Elementary School
MackenzieLevinePerry Elementary School
LynseyLittlefieldMission Bay High School
CherylLloydFreese Elementary School
KatherineLueraChollas/Mead Elementary School
RitaMacedoiHigh Virtual Academy
GinaManlapigKennedy Child Development Center
BriannaMatrangaSan Diego Metropolitan Regional & Technical
KiraMatsuoKearny High School of Engineering, Innovation and Design 
MichaelMcEwenFay Elementary School 
LisaMcIntyreCadman Elementary School
KristyMcNameeHome Hospital and Transition Support
JanelMeehanMonroe Clark Middle School
StacieMezzadriSilver Gate Elementary School
FrancescaMillerHamilton Elementary School
MaureenMinderBay Point Preschool
VanessaMontgomerySan Diego High School of Science and Technology
DianaMoralesJoyner MicroSociety Elementary School
May AnneMorrisKumeyaay Elementary School
MónicaMoyaColonel Salomon Child Development Center
CarlMunnCrawford High School
MarkNadeauVisual and Performing Arts (VAPA)
CarolynNaughtonLoma Portal Elementary School
MichaelNaylorLa Jolla Elementary School
SarvnazNguyenGolden Hill K-8
SarahNicholsCrown Point Junior Music Academy
JenniferNiskeyFranklin Elementary School
OliviaNoriegaParadise Hills Elementary School
SerafínParedesMemorial Preparatory for Scholars and Athletes
AmyPeerHorton Elementary School
AngelaPerkinsBrooklyn Child Development Center
MaryanaPhamWhitman School (K-12)
AaronPoresUniversity City High School
SilviaPreciadoBayview Child Development Center
MelindaPriettoStandley Middle School
NicoleProppPenn Elementary School
JanetQuintanaIbarra Elementary School
KristiRamosChesterton Elementary School
LilaReadingPershing Middle School
MaeganReyCarson Elementary School
JeremyRoblesOcean Beach Elementary School
MelanieSaddlerLa Jolla High School
DarrenSamakoskyPoint Loma High School
AngélicaSánchez-IrvingNormal Heights Elementary School
BrittaniSiracusaMadison High School
MarciSponslerRoosevelt International Baccalaureate Middle School
PaigeStearmerEncanto Elementary School
ShellySteelyTwain High School
ChristineSuttonToler Elementary School
DerekSuzukiEricson Elementary School
SusieSwardBenchley Weinberger School
CarlyThurstonKearny High School of Digital Media and Design
TimTischerALBA Community Day School
FerdinandToledoScripps Ranch High School
EricaTseJonas Salk Elementary School
AdrianaValdezChavez Elementary School
ChrisVeldkampBoone Elementary School
LilyVuWilson Middle School
LeonardWalkerWalker Child Development Center
DainaWeberKearny High School of Science Connections and Technology
KarinWehsenerLindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School
JamesWhalenChallenger Middle School
NateWhitsellGarfield High School
EricWilsonOak Park Elementary School
LisaWinklessEuclid Elementary School
MarcellaZaleskiMarshall Elementary School
CynthiaZaragozaCherokee Point Elementary School
KelseyZeranFulton K-8