Like so many shared experiences across the nation, Poway Unified School District (PUSD) captured the attention of parents and community residents during the summer of 2020. Concerned parents and community members speaking out on issues regarding student success, transparency and parental rights at Board of Education meetings started communicating and learning from one another at rallies, district events, parks, conferences and community events. With collaboration and support from non-partisan and non-profit organizations, co-founders Lenice Sechrist, Jason Bennett, and Rachelle Babler established PUSD Community Watch (PCW) in March, 2023.
Lenice Sechrist has been a PUSD parent since 2012. During this time, she has dedicated countless hours of service to her community. Outside the school district, she has taken on responsibilities as the President of a military spouses' club (2012-2014). Inside the school district she has been dependable as a classroom volunteer & photographer, room parent, PTA committee member/organizer, PTA Parliamentarian and Yearbook Advisor. The latter honored her with the title Volunteer of the Year at her child's elementary school (2019-2020). Her community involvement has prepared and fueled her passion to provide mentorship and build ongoing relationships in the PUSD community. She is committed to advocate for accountability, transparency and education excellence in PUSD.
Jason Bennett enlisted in the Marine Corps when he was eighteen. The Marines brought him to San Diego. After the Marine Corps he went to college at Palomar and transitioned to Cal State San Marcos where he earned a bachelor's degree in business marketing. He is currently a franchisee of four Flippin' Pizzas. He is married and has two boys in PUSD.
Rachelle Babler is an entrepreneur, advocate and mother to two amazing humans. She is committed to advocating for transparency and parental rights. She believes that a child's education should be guided with trust, ethics and for their highest well-being and if that is not happening, it is then the responsibility of others to advocate for them.