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Very VAPA New Year

Join the VAPA Department as we celebrate the New Year and new happenings in the district!

January 16th from 4:30 - 5:45 pm

Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park


4:00 - Prelude - Tour the Comic-Con museum at your leisure


4:30 - A Very VAPA New Year


6:30 - Postlude - Join us for the VAPA Spotlight Awards Ceremony and support your fellow teachers, students, and community arts organizations. 


*This VAPA Professional learning is optional. Teachers will be paid their hourly rate for their attendance from 4:30-5:45pm. Teachers touring the museum and/or attending VAPA Spotlight Awards will not be paid for that time.


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AWARD-WINNING ARTS TEACHERS 2023-2024

Meera Ramanathan | Visual Arts Teacher - Zamorano Fine Arts Academy | CAEA 2023 San Diego Area Ruth Jansen Award for Exemplifying and Promoting Excellence in Visual Arts Education

Marielena Teng | Choir Teacher - Mira Mesa High School and Challenger Middle School | Pearson-Silver Burdett Choral Educator Award, December 2023, California Music Education Association - Southern Border Section

Ben Abada | Instrumental Music Teacher - Point Loma High School | New Teacher Award, December 2023, California Music Education Association - Southern Border Section


AWARD-WINNING ARTS TEACHERS 2022-2023

Trishaa Camp | Dance Teacher - Scripps Ranch High School | SDUSD High School Teacher of the Year, May 2023

Jennifer Dossett | Music Teacher - Clairemont High School | VAPA Spotlight Award for Artistic Achievement, March 2023

Jessica Rogawski | Visual Art Teacher - San Diego High School | VAPA Spotlight Award for Artistic Achievement, March 2023

Jason Berman | Media Arts Teacher - Millennial Tech Middle School | VAPA Spotlight Award for Artistic Innovation, March 2023

Meera Ramanathan | Visual Arts Teacher - Zamorano Fine Arts Academy | VAPA Spotlight Award for Artistic Innovation, March 2023

Danny Jones | Music & Theatre Teacher - Knox Middle School | VAPA Spotlight Award for Creative Community Engagement, March 2023

Brianna Valeska | Music Teacher - Grant K-8 | VAPA Spotlight Award for Creative Community Engagement, March 2023

Teri Ang | Theatre Teacher - Horace Mann Middle School | VAPA Spotlight Award for Creative Leadership, March 2023

Cassandra Brown | Music Teacher - Wangenheim Middle School | VAPA Spotlight Award for Creative Leadership, March 2023

Matt Mulvaney | Music Teacher - Mira Mesa High School | SCSBOA All-Southern Honor String Orchestra conductor, January 2023

Sara Freese | Music Teacher - Crown Point Junior Music Academy | Peripole General Music Educator Award, December 2022, California Music Education Association - Southern Border Section

Matt Mulvaney | Music Teacher - Mira Mesa High School | Gold Award of Recognition, April 2022, Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA)

SCHUCHMAN & MACKENZIE-HANEY MUSIC AWARDS 2023