Supporting Local Students

Poway Unified School District (PUSD) recently recognized community members who have made a big difference in local schools. The 2018 PUSD Volunteers of the Year are Krissa Jensen at Black Mountain Middle School (BMMS), Tom McFadden at Mt. Carmel High School (MCHS), and Andrea and Roger Mitchell at Canyon View Elementary School (CVES).

Krissa is the BMMS Education Foundation president and Academy Parent Leader. Her leadership and fundraising efforts have raised tens of thousands of dollars to directly benefit students. As a liaison between the school and parents, she organizes volunteers, raises money, and makes important decisions for the Academy program. She is also a BMMS Odyssey of the Mind coach, and volunteers and leads at Westview High School as well.

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Tom was a founding member of the MC Educational Foundation (MCEF), served four years as MCEF President, and is currently treasurer. He is also on the MC Athletic Foundation board of directors and has helped a number of athletic booster programs. Beyond that, he has been a constant, helpful presence on campus for years. From registration days to eighth grade family night to Back to School Night, he takes an active role in showing other parents how they can help too.

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Wife and husband team Andrea and Roger share a passion for volunteering. Andrea was a student at CVES when it opened in 1987 – now, her daughter is a fourth grader at the school, and she’s the PTO’s Vice President of Membership. She helps coordinate and staff events including the Book Fair and Staff Appreciation Days. Roger is president of the Dad’s Club and helps with handyman work and vision and hearing screenings. Both geologists, they organize special hands-on activities to supplement the science curriculum.