by LYDDIA COBB
photo by Zeena Gregg Photography

Mixing It Up

While vacationing at their mountain cabin, the Prescott family was surprised by bears seeking food. “We constructed a warning alarm by rigging up soda cans tied between chairs,” shared Michele Prescott. They heard the “alarm” several times before the curious animals wandered elsewhere.

“Bearing” in mind their ingenuity, Toby and Michele Prescott met when they worked for an engineering company in 1979. Toby is a USC graduate with two advanced degrees in Engineering Communication Sciences, and currently works at Northrop Grumman on the unmanned air vehicle program. His hobbies include woodworking and playing basketball. Michele is an SDSU graduate with a BS in Business Management. Prior to children, she was an aerospace company program manager. She’s been to Paris seven times and loves to cook.

Married thirty years, the Prescotts have two children, Emma and Andrew, along with their puppy named Oreo. “We moved to Rancho Peñasquitos because of work-related opportunities and the good schools for the future,” added Michele. They’ve enjoyed the community since 1987.

Emma is a sophomore at Mt. Carmel High School and is on the Junior Varsity gymnastics team. She enjoys reading, writing and spending time with friends. Andrew is in 6th grade at Black Mountain Middle School. His sport is roller hockey and he plays with the Mesa Verde Middle School Eagles team. He keeps rolling, skateboarding with friends and exploring a new interest in surfing.

“We constructed a bear warning alarm
by rigging up soda cans tied between chairs.”

Community involvement is a part of Prescott family life. Michele is president of the National Charity League Poway chapter, a mother-daughter organization dedicated to community service and leadership development. Emma has twice received national philanthropic awards. The Prescotts are active in the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary. When Andrew was in Y-Guides, Toby was chief of the Rock Creek Tribe for two years. They look forward to annual reunions with current and past members.

Each season brings new travel adventures. “As a family we enjoy spending time at a family cabin and hiking in the mountains. We like to go to the beach and enjoy sailing boats and catamarans, and in the winter we like to ski and snowboard,” revealed Michele. They are keepers of some traditions, including being season pass holders for the USC Trojans for most of their marriage. For twenty years they’ve hosted a Christmas tree-trimming party for friends. Perhaps another tradition is keeping the Prescott family centered to enjoy life to the fullest while giving back.

At-A-Glance

Parents: Toby and Michele Prescott
Children: Emma (16, 10th grade at Mt. Carmel High School)
Andrew (12, 6th grade at Black Mountain Middle School)
Community: Rancho Peñasquitos
Parents’ Hometowns: Toby – Lakewood, CA; Michele – Santa Paula, CA
Parents’ Professions: Toby – Northrup Grumman; Michele – Homemaker
Pet: Oreo, a Havanese dog
Favorite Places in 92129: Que Pasa Mexican Grill, Smashburger,
and Hilltop Community Park