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Teachers enrich young students.  They nurture young minds and impact future leaders.  For that, we salute them!  “Cox Presents Salute to Teachers”: Two 30-minute all-teacher & education specials. Watch Episode 2 on YurView Sundays @ 9 PM and Wednesdays @ 6 PM or see episode 1 and 2 below. 

Episode 2

Episode 1


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Congratulations 2023-24 County Teachers of the Year


Christina Bass

Painted Rock Elementary, Poway Unified School District – 3rd grade 

Amanda Ford

Flying Hills School of the Arts (previously Rancho San Diego Elementary), Cajon Valley Union School District – grades 4 and 5, writing, social and emotional learning, VAPA, World of Work         

Courtney Coffin

Orange Glen High School, Escondido Union High School District – grades 9-12, all subjects, life skills, and community-based instruction 

Wendy Threatt

Felicita Elementary, Escondido Union School District – 4th grade   

Melanie Villanueva

District Office, Sweetwater Union High School District – Previously 8th grade science, now Teacher on Special Assignment at district office        

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2022-2 County Teaches of the Year

Congratulations 2023-24 County Teacher of the Year Nominees

Diana Tompkins
Alpine Union School District
Joan MacQueen Middle School

After teaching elementary students for 21 years, Diana Tompkins took the leap to middle school where she's led an engineering and robotics program for the past six years. Combined with community service projects, she is making a difference in the lives of students.

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