Volunteers of the Year 2019

Poway Unified Announces the Selection of District Volunteers of the Year

Eric Hellon, Ed Oliva, and Darlene & Dustin Dunn  Receive School District Honors

The Poway Unified School District is proud to recognize our volunteers and is pleased to announce that Eric Hellon, Ed Oliva, and Darlene & Dustin Dunn have been chosen as Poway Unified School District Volunteers of the Year for 2019 from a very deserving list of dedicated school-site volunteers of the year. They were chosen by a District committee and received surprise visits at their school sites.

Eric Hellon, Chaparral Elementary School

Eric Hellon, Chaparral Elementary School, Volunteer of the Year 2019Eric Hellon is Chaparral Elementary School’s personal hero – referred to as their Man of Marvel. He is the leader of Chaparral’s Dad’s Club, a group of dads who make repairs, do yard work on campus, and fulfills Chaparral’s “To Do” list.

Eric helped forge the trail for Chaparral’s nature path, digging and leveling the path from start to finish. He also helps maintain the Reading Garden – keeping it neat and weed free.

Eric can be found in a number of places on campus. In the classroom he can be found helping first graders with their reading skills in small groups and one to one. He can also be seen in the cul-de-sac directing morning drop off traffic, ensuring a smooth and safe start to the school day!

By the end of the year he is still going strong and sets up the Olympic Field Day; organizing classroom rotations with 900 students and the taking it all down at the end of the day! Eric dedicates both his time and talent to the students and staff of Chaparral all year long, and encourages more dads to get involved in their children’s education by leading by example.

Ed Oliva, Twin Peaks Middle School

Ed Oliva, Twin Peaks Middle School, Volunteer of year 2019Ed Oliva lives by the quote, “We rise by lifting others.” He feels compelled to share his time, talent and treasures with others and to be a good steward of his good fortune, despite his very humble beginnings as the son of Texas farmworkers.

He began his volunteer service to support English language learners in 2008. In his 11 years of service, he has volunteered as a mentor to nearly two dozen students. He meets with them to establish a personal relationship and motivates them towards success. His students all say he has been a significant figure in their lives.

In addition, Ed has arranged for numerous speakers to visit Twin Peaks Middle School to enlighten students on an array of topics that include career focus and motivational speakers. These presentations have helped over 3,000 middle school students see the importance of positivity and perseverance in their pursuit of college, career, and life readiness.

In addition to volunteering at Twin Peaks, Ed volunteers with the City of Poway Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team, the Red Cross as a Disaster Shelter Volunteer, the Knights of Columbus, and at St. Gabriel’s Church as a St. Vincent DePaul Volunteer. His connections have benefitted Twin Peaks Middle School tremendously, serving as a conduit between the Poway community and its students.  

Darlene & Dustin Dunn, Rancho Bernardo High School

Darlene & Dustin Dunn, Rancho Bernardo High School, Volunteers of the Year 2019Darlene & Dustin Dunn have been involved at Rancho Bernardo High School for the past 17 years! They have had 5 of their 6 children graduate from RBHS with their youngest graduating with the class of

But they don’t just volunteer their time to programs involving their children. They support students, staff and the community wherever they are needed – and they don’t wait to be asked to help. For 17 years they have offered up their time and talents with enthusiasm and a genuine willingness to help. They are the first to pick up a paint brush or hammer to build a theater production set, or the first to mobilize volunteers anywhere they’re needed.

Darlene has been a Gridiron Club board member for over 10 years and coordinated concessions at home football games – helping to bring in improvements including a new refrigerator, coolers, painting, menu 
boards, grills and more. She has also coordinated senior night activities for football, basketball, volleyball and rugby, and is always a calming influence and voice of leadership as president of the PTSA, assisting with everything from grad night to float building.

Dustin can also be seen at all home football games – as a member of the “chain gang” and even trained incoming freshmen parents so there would always be a pool of volunteers! During Rancho Bernardo’s state championship football game, Dustin served both breakfast and lunch to the team, was seen hanging a banner from the scoreboard, then sweeping the bleachers, and stocking the concession stand. “Off the field” Dustin has served as a mentor to young men who were working on their Eagle Scout projects at school. These included dry walling, painting, working on trophy cases and more.

Together, the Dunns have impacted Rancho Bernardo High School in countless ways too numerous to list, including the creation of a Parent Center where parents can get connected to the school with information and resources.

2019 Poway Unified Volunteers of the Year

The following is a list of all PUSD 2019 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
 Wendy Rauhut  Adobe Bluffs
 Noreen Walton  Abraxas
 Patty Tokushige  Bernardo Heights
 Nancy Bergman  Black Mountain
 Kathy Ciano  Canyon View
 Jack Cohen Career Technical Education
 Eric Hellon  Chaparral
 Archana Ambike  Creekside
 Maureen Nevarez  Deer Canyon
 Derek Lieu  Del Norte
 Teresa Lohmann  Del Sur
 Tiffany Waasted  Garden Road
 Amy Throckmorton  Highland Ranch
 Jeanette Lotze  Los Penasquitos
   Mesa Verde
 Teresa Tye  Midland
 Judy Camoras  Monterey Ridge
 Soumya Chennapragada  Morning Creek
 Monte Montemarano  Mt. Carmel
 Rachel Kaas  Oak Valley
 Craig Crawford  Painted Rock
 Lucy Lazo-Isleta  Park Village
 Anne Bugayong  Pomerado
 Bo Matthys  Poway High
 Darlene & Dustin Dunn  Rancho Bernardo
 Andrea Hamilton-Dominguez  Rolling Hills
 Noelle Berman  Shoal Creek
 Cass Kaminetz  Stone Ranch
 Sharon Mongold  Sundance
 Kathy Shelor  Sunset Hills
 Danielle Allphin  Tierra Bonita
 Jeanette Magana  Turtleback
 Ed Oliva  Twin Peaks
 Selena Pankretz  Valley
 Krissa Jensen  Westview
 April Gleed  Westwood
 Susan Ross  Willow Grove


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