The Escondido Union School District’s State of the District Address by Superintendent Luis Rankins-Ibarra was held Monday, February 11, 2019, in the Center Theater of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. At that meeting, Ninth District PTA’s Escondido Council of PTAs received this year’s Public Champion Award for their work in the community.
Barbara Aguilar, Escondido Council President, said “This was awesome. We look forward to our continued partnership with EUSD and the City of Escondido. We worked hard to form great partnerships within our community, especially our parents! EUSD is home to a majority of second language learners. Together we our advocating for our children and supporting their futures. A special shout out to Denae Senise who is a backbone in our council, and our awesome art docent.”
Starting at left is Superintendent Dr. Luis Rankins-Ibarra; Escondido Council board members Carmen Mendoza-Fuentes, Lori Perez, Birgitte Bradshaw, Barbara Aguilar, Tiffany Bukowski, Brandy Crislip, Denae Senise; and Ninth District PTA board members Shawna Straw and Derby Pattengill.
At our 2019 Annual Meeting and Founders Day on February 6, 2019, Ninth District PTA unanimously elected new officers for the 2019-2021 term. We congratulate the following individuals:
President-Elect – Colleen Hervey
Executive Vice President-Elect – Sue King
First Vice President-Elect/Leadership Services Dir – Shawna Straw
Second Vice President-Elect/Member Services Dir – Betsy Mueller
Third Vice President-Elect/Communications Dir – Brian Bonner
Fourth Vice President-Elect/Community Concerns – Helen Crenshaw
Fifth Vice President-Elect/Education Dir – Heather Dugdale
Sixth Vice President-Elect/Health Dir – Mary Patterson
Seventh Vice President-Elect/Legislation Dir – Derby Pattengill
Eighth Vice President-Elect/Family Engagement Dir – Frida Brunzell
Secretary-Elect – Jennifer Boles
Treasurer-Elect – Derick Boerner
Financial Secretary-Elect – Rachel Wohnhaas
Auditor-Elect – Doreen Hom
Historian-Elect – Tina Zabala
(Above – l to r, Front: Derick Boerner, Derby Pattengill, Colleen Hervey, Mary Patterson, Jen Boles, Sue King; Back: Frida Brunzell, Rachel Wohnhaas, Betsy Mueller, Helen Crenshaw, Shawna Straw, Tina Zabala & Brian Bonner. Right – Doreen Hom (r), Heather Dugdale (l))
Current President Derby Pattengill later said “I’m excited to see new faces coming into district leadership, and I am looking forward to an exciting new term working with all of the new officers in my role as Legislation Director.”
In addition, the San Diego County Teachers of the Year were honored, and current Ninth District PTA President Derby Pattengill was presented the California State PTA’s prestigious Golden Oak award. This award is given to recognize an individual that has made significant contributions to the welfare of children and youth in a school or community.
(Above, l to r: Javier Montijo, Kiki Bispo, Colleen Hervey, Derick Boerner, Golden Oak winner Derby Pattengill, daughter Lily Pattengill, wife Catherine Pattengill & Helen Crenshaw)
Ninth District PTA also presented to San Diego County Office of Education representative Rebecca Mendiola a commemorative check for more than $24,000,000. This amount represents the value of the volunteer hours that members of the district contribute toward school activities.
Those present – more than 300 – also celebrated PTA’s birthday, and honored our three founders as well as past and present PTA leaders. Free will donations were collected totaling more than $1,000 that will benefit the entire PTA community: unit, council, district, State and National PTA. Ninth District PTA uses these funds to organize new units and councils, and strengthen PTAs and PTSAs by offering training as often as possible.