by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Soul of Photography

Positively PQ

The Johnson Family has a family motto of “The 6 Fs,” trying every day to include as many of these elements as possible: faith, food, family, fun, fitness, and friends. Parents Sandy and Jeff Johnson, along with daughters Taylor and Casey, have practiced these ideals in PQ for the past 14 years. Sandy is an elementary school teacher in the Del Mar Union School District, while Jeff is a Waterfront Director and Regatta Manager for the San Diego Yacht Club. The couple met on a blind date in 1994, introduced by another Yacht Club member, and have been extensively involved in community events ever since.


On the volunteer front, Jeff won the PUSD Volunteer of the Year award in 2015. His varied work schedule allowed him to spend eight years volunteering at Park Village Elementary, working many hours per week for teachers and administrative staff, on School Site Council and SSC District Rep, and restoring and maintaining two large, dilapidated shade structures on campus. He even got to meet up with his daughters every Monday morning for ‘Marquee Monday,’ updating the school marquee. Sandy volunteers as advisory president of Christian Musical Enrichment Theater (C-MENT) at Peñasquitos Lutheran Church, and both girls volunteer for the summer food program there. Taylor rides and volunteers at Miller Equestrian Summer Camp in Escondido, and completed her Silver Award for Girl Scouts. Casey loves animals and has volunteered for organizations like Labrador and Friends Rescue. She is just beginning her Silver Award project.

“Sandy reminded readers that everyone should visit our national parks: ‘Their 100th Anniversary was in August!'”

family4The girls cook two meals a week and have chopped and baked since they were small. Jeff rode with them both in Ride Across California in their fifth grade year, and just completed his first Half Ironman triathlon in May. Sandy was heavily involved in her teacher association for over 15 years. Some ways the Johnsons incorporate the “fun” part of their motto include road trips to national parks (Sandy reminded readers that everyone should visit our national parks: “Their 100th Anniversary was in August!”).  More fun: “Smash Cake” summer parties – a tradition begun when six and eight-year-old Taylor and Casey saw a video of their one-year-old selves in the tried-and-true interactive demolition of the birthday cake.

Fantastic family adventures await the Johnson family in PQ! One more thing: “Katy (the Johnson’s dog) apologizes for barking at neighbors walking by,” Sandy shared. “She’s just doing her job protecting her forever home.”

Parents: Jeff and Sandy Johnson
 Children: Taylor (14) and Casey (12)
Community: Park Village in PQ
Hometowns: Jeff – Houston, TX; Sandy – San Diego
Occupations: Jeff – Waterfront Director at SD Yacht Club; Sandy – third grade teacher for Del Mar Union School District
Pet: Katy Faith – black Lab-pointer mix adopted from Labrador and Friends Rescue
Favorite Local Spots: Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, Starbucks, Pizza Rev, Massage Envy, Luna Grill, Angelika Film Center & Café, California Pizza Kitchen, Peñasquitos Lutheran Church, Golden Spoon, 24 Hour Fitness