Local Teachers Honored By Students

Eight teachers from four high schools in Rancho Peñasquitos, Mira Mesa, and Scripps Ranch received special Crystal Apple awards. Each spring for the last 12 years, students in these communities have honored excellence in education by nominating outstanding teachers for receipt of the award. The awards symbolize that this often thankless profession does not go unnoticed. Teachers agree the recognition is particularly sweet because it comes from the students themselves.

Teachers honored this year were Mike Hymes and Daniel Lutgen from Westview, Aaron Jaffe and Madame Vivona from Mt. Carmel, Brian Keiser and Nancy Moyer from Scripps Ranch, and Daniel Kriley and Daniel Leven from Mira Mesa. The event was hosted by the Peñaquitos Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with around 200 friends and family members in attendance. One student from each of the teachers’ classrooms presented a short speech about their honoree, citing reasons for nomination. The ceremony also included certificates of recognition from City Councilmembers Mark Kersey and Chris Cate. Westview Principal Todd Cassen said of the annual awards, “It is truly one of my favorite events of the year. To see the students from our community stand up and recognize their teachers for the difference they have made in their lives is something I know our staff members will never forget.”