Volunteers of the Year 2018

Poway Unified Announces the Selection of District Volunteers of the Year

Krissa Jensen, Tom McFadden, and Andrea & Roger Mitchell Receive School District Honors

The Poway Unified School District is proud to recognize our volunteers and is pleased to announce that Krissa Jensen, Tom McFadden, and Andrea & Roger Mitchell have been chosen as Poway Unified District Volunteers of the Year for 2018 from a very distinguished list of school site volunteers of the year.

Krissa Jensen, Black Mountain  Middle School

Krissa Jensen, Volunteer of the Year 2018Krissa fulfills many leadership roles on campus and throughout the district. She is the BMMS Education Foundation President and under her leadership, and because of her work and the work of many volunteers, the Foundation has been able to raise tens of thousands of dollars that directly impact students in the classrooms, including increasing technology access, providing
teacher grants, and purchasing a new electronic marquee for the school. Krissa is also BMMS’ Academy Parent Leader. She acts as a liaison between the school and parents, helping organize volunteers, raise money, and make important decisions involving the Academy program.

Krissa is also an Odyssey of the Mind coach. The BMMS Odyssey teams were very successful this year, with one team making it to the World Finals. Krissa’s countless hours communicating with the teams, coaching the kids, and raising money for the Odyssey of the Mind program have been reasons for the students’ and program’s success.  

Krissa also volunteers and leads parents at Westview High School. She exemplifies
volunteerism, with pride, honor and dedication. 

Tom McFadden, Mt. Carmel High School

Tom McFaddenTom is the ultimate MC cheerleader. He can be found at registration days helping freshman parents navigate the new school; he can be found at every 8th grade family night urging parents to participate, and sharing his love for MC; and he can be found at every Back to School Night touting the Education Foundation and helping other parents become involved in the
school. Tom has been a constant presence on campus and at functions for many years. He has a true passion for service and gets a lot of joy in not only seeing his children have a great experience but in seeing all students
have a great school experience. He has been involved with service to the schools at all levels and continues to serve even after his children have graduated!

Tom was a Founding member of the MC Educational Foundation in 2010, and served in some capacity on the Educational Foundation since its inception, including four years as MCEF president. He continues on in the
role of treasurer. But his participation doesn’t stop there. Tom has also taken a seat on the board of directors for the MC Athletic Foundation, has assisted on various athletic booster programs through the years, most recently on the Girls’ Basketball booster organization, and volunteered on the football sidelines in various roles - and continues as the team statistician. Tom has been a part of raising countless dollars to improve experiences for students and is a great example of the Sundevil Way!  

Andrea & Roger Mitchell, Canyon View Elementary School

Andrea and Roger Mitchell, Volunteers of the Year 2018Andrea and Roger Mitchell have made their volunteerism a family affair!
Andrea, the PTO’s Vice President of Membership, first came to Canyon View when it opened back in 1987… as a student! For the last five years she has invested her time, energy, and talents into the school that was the foundation for her education. Her daughter is now a 4th grader at Canyon View.

When there’s volunteer work to be done, the Mitchells are almost always there – even Andrea’s mother, Jane, has donated countless hours of her time. Andrea helps coordinate and staff many special happenings on campus
including the Book Fair and Staff Appreciation Days. And whenever something on campus needs some TLC, Roger Mitchell is there - volunteering to do handyman-type work around campus, such as putting up hooks for backpacks. He is the President of the Dad’s Club, and takes time off work to assist with the school’s vision and hearing screenings, as he attends to the students while they wait to be tested.

Together, Andrea and Roger greatly enhanced the students’ education through a special event they planned and executed. Both are geologists and they shared their passion for the Earth by organizing special hands-on activities, directly correlating to the science curriculum. Andrea and Roger have been described as diligent, helpful, willing to do anything, and a joy to be around. They are on campus for just about every event. Together, they embody the word “volunteer.”

2018 Poway Unified Volunteers of the Year

The following is a list of all PUSD 2018 school site Volunteers of the Year. All of these finalists are outstanding candidates, representative of the high level of commitment to our students and schools.

Name Site
 Jill Episcopio  Adobe Bluffs
 Rodney Lacanienta  Abraxas
 Genni Myles  Bernardo Heights
 Krissa Jensen  Black Mountain
 Andrea & Roger Mitchell  Canyon View
 Janine Tijam  Chaparral
 Denise Velarde  Creekside
 Adel Szabo  Deer Canyon
 Judy Simeroth  Del Norte
 Sydney Freer  Del Sur
 Judy Fish  Garden Road
 Kristi Schneider  Highland Ranch
 Jeanette Lotze  Los Penasquitos
 Pat Faucher  Meadowbrook
 Kris Hernandez  Mesa Verde
 Erin Soria  Midland
 Rachel Balmenti  Monterey Ridge
 Chris Smith  Morning Creek
 Tom McFadden  Mt. Carmel
 Kelle Snyder  Oak Valley
 Kym Sosnowski  Painted Rock
 Farangis Jahanian  Park Village
 Amanda Jacques  Pomerado
 Helen Jenney  Poway High
 Lorrie Russo  Rancho Bernardo
 Dave Wigmore  Rolling Hills
 Kim Lehrer  Shoal Creek
 Melanie Hickson  Stone Ranch
 Stacy Arciaga  Sundance
 Mary Wise  Sunset Hills
 Julie Burr  Tierra Bonita
 Aliciana Ladd  Turtleback
 Patricia Whitson  Twin Peaks
 Lili Husseman  Valley
 Nicole Sanseverino  Westview
 Morgan Burgwald  Westwood
 JoAnn Sweidel  Willow Grove


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