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PUSD Teachers of Year Over the Years

 NameSchool / GradeTeaching Area / Hightlights
2022Jeanne “Nay” FlinnConnect Academy/ KindergartenKindergarten
Aimee McCoyMesa Verde Middle School/ 8th GradeHumanities and AVID
Andrea FordWestview High SchoolSpanish
2021Tasha GriffinDel Norte High SchoolSocial Studies (launched the Del Norte Equity/Anti-Racism Task Force)
Julie SpychalskiTwin Peaks Middle SchoolPhysical Education
Carlos LaGrangeWestview High SchoolResource Specialist (member of the Westview Equity Team)
2020Amy HillebrechtTwin Peaks Middle School / 6th GradeScience & Math
Aaron SmithBernardo Heights Middle SchoolPhysical Education
Laura SnowPomerado Elementary School/K-2Autism Spectrum Disorder
2019Stephen WhittakerOak Valley Middle SchoolMath, Science and Special Education
Coleen MontgomeryRancho Bernardo High SchoolEnglish, Honors Humanities, AVID, and Critical Study of Mass Media
Sarah McCrackenMidland Elementary School/2nd GradeSecond Grade and GATE coordinator
2018Ana CollinsValley Elementary SchoolResource Specialist, Spanish Immersion
Shantel RaquelDel Sur Elementary School/ 1st and 2nd GradesFirst and Second Grades
Katie WuWestview High SchoolEnglish

Teachers' Unions

Traditionally, teachers' unions are labor organizations supporting teachers and promoting better working conditions for teachers through collective bargaining negotiations with school district decision makers. Over time, teachers' unions have become political advocacy groups that campaign for political causes, issues and candidates. In recent years, teachers' unions in the U.S. have also engaged in advocating for ideological issues such as the teaching of Critical Race Theory. Over 90% of political contributions from teachers' unions go to support candidates and causes from the Democratic Party. Due to their engagement with organized politics, teachers' unions are frequently criticized by policy observers and education advocates as a hinderance for educational excellence.

In PUSD, one teachers' union is active: The Poway Federation of Teachers.

During the 2022 November elections, the Poway Federation of Teachers endorsed and donated to the following school board candidates who won their races:

  • Ginger Couvrette
  • Heather Plotzke
  • Michael O'Connor-Ratcliff