RUSD Celebrations

Congrats to

Dallas Meadows


Ramona Unified School District

Teacher of the Year

Barnett Elementary is proud to announce Dallas Meadows, sixth grade teacher, as Teacher of the Year for the school site and Ramona Unified School District. Dallas balances academic strategies that include collaborative learning and small group instruction all while building important, lasting relationships with students. Congratulations to Mrs. Meadows!!!

Congrats also to Site Teachers of the Year

Dallas Meadows

Barnett Elementary

Karen Larzalere

Mt. Woodson Elementary

Eric Morfin

Ramona High School

Tracey Stephens

Hanson Elementary

Sarah Barnett


Congrats to all of the RUSD Site Teachers of the Year

and the

2019 RUSD Retirees

Nick Jordan and the MHS Construction Team


SkillsUSA State Champions

Cal Fire Day at Barnett

Singer - Songwriter Randy Schimpf

performing the Barnett School Song at Bobcat Bash!

A Great Start to the School Year

Convocation 2018-2019

Congrats to Our Newly Tenured Teachers

Perfect Attendance in 2017-2018

20 Years in Service to RUSD

25 Years in Service to RUSD


30 Years in Service to RUSD!!!

Congratulations to.....

Nick Jordan


Montecito High School


RUSD Teacher of the Year

Montecito High is very proud to have Nick Jordan as their “Teacher of the Year.” Nick is an excellent role model for his construction students. In his classes the students learn more than just “construction”. The students see many of their projects throughout the community, and are proud members of a school that provides them these opportunities. For many of Nick’s students, he is a “father” figure, and a mentor. After school hours many students drop in to visit and seek advice or just a listening ear. Nick has instilled in his students respect and hard work, which in the end returns to him by their keeping in touch with him and through their efforts with projects and competitions.

When students from past years continue to send pictures and emails of their accomplishments, nothing is a grander compliment to a dedicated and caring educator.

Barnett Elementary

Teacher of the Year

September TamburrinoBarnett Elementary is proud to announce September Tamburrino as their 2017-1018 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Tamburrino began teaching in Ramona in 2005. She has been teaching first grade at Barnett for the past five years. She is a dynamic teacher with a keen insight for what is needed to improve student learning while maintaining high expectations for all.

Mt. Woodson Elementary Teacher of the Year

Paige SchwartzCongratulations to Kindergarten Teacher Paige Schwartz named Mt. Woodson's Teacher of the Year! Each day, Mrs. Schwartz excites and engages her young scholars with rigorous, hands on learning activities. Her passion to support the educational, social, emotional, and physiological development of kids is ever-present and contagious!

Olive Pierce Middle School

Teacher of the Year

JJ Sclar

Congrats to JJ Sclar - OPMS Teacher of the Year. This is JJ’s 14th year teaching here at OP. He got my credential and Masters from UCSB and his admin credential from National. I have taught 7th World History, Leadership and 7th and 8th CAP (formerly AVID). I spent 10 years coaching cross country, basketball and track at OP. I believe every student with the proper support and push can achieve their academic and life goals. My teaching philosophy (In the words of Gandhi), “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

Ramona Community Campus Teacher of the Year

Carrie TompkinsCarrie Tompkins, the Teacher of the Year from Ramona Community Campus. Carrie is an outstanding math teacher, teaching grades 7, 8 and 9 here at Mountain Valley Academy. She also teaches yearbook and personal finance/math applications. She is a valued teacher on our campus.

James Dukes Elementary

Teacher of the Year

Mark Dillon

Mark Dillon grew up in El Cajon with my mother, father, and two brothers - Scott and Jeff. My father, Mike Dillon, coached and prepared me in sports and the result was playing college basketball on scholarship. I graduated from UCSB in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in geography and minors in both athletic training and art. My mother, Alice Dillon, taught at Mt. Woodson for nearly 10 years and was a major influence leading toward my teaching career. I began working in RUSD in1998 and have enjoyed 20 years of teaching second and third grade at James Dukes. My wife, Jill, and I have been happily married for 12 years and have four outstanding children - Colin, Allison, Jonathan, and Matthew. I have coached youth basketball, soccer, and baseball here in Ramona for the past 7 years. I am a massive San Diego Padres and Boston Celtics fan! I am proud to represent James Dukes as “2017-2018 Teacher of the Year.”

Ramona Elementary

Teacher of the Year

Dionne Ramirez

Dionne currently teaches a 2/3 class. She has been in the district for 20 years and has taught at almost all of the elementary schools in Ramona. She is a targeted feedback coach and enjoys mentoring teachers at her grade level. Dionne has also worked with student teachers and continues to share her skills and expertise with everyone at our site.

Ramona High School

Teacher of the Year

Robyn Bash

Robyn Bash, the RHS Teacher of the Year, has worked in the district for 14 years. She has taught at almost every grade level. She has been at the high school for the last 2 years teaching math and physical education. With tremendous energy and efficiency, she has helped her students grow.

Hanson Elementary

Teacher of the Year

Thanks to Cal Fire and Elissa Gibson for the recent fire assembly at Barnett!

RTA President Cori McDonald joins the 2016-2017 RUSD Retirees

and the Site Teachers of the Year

Congrats to both groups!!!

What's going on at the RUSD Sites?

Affirmations for May

Working on the 2016-2017 ELA Pilot



Ramona Unified Teacher of the Year

From Mt Woodson Elementary

Ashli Krainock

Ashli has been a teacher in RUSD since 1999 and is currently a TK/K Teacher at Mt Woodson. Ashli is an example of excellence in the teaching profession!

"Ashli is a tremendous resource for Mt Woodson. She makes a positive impact on student and adult learning, student social and emotional well-being, and she is known for her inspiration to make learning accessible for every child!"

-Principal Robin Arend

Congrats to

Ramona Community Campus

Teacher of the Year

Laurie McBride

Pictured here with Principal Kathryn Gunderson and 2015-2015 Teacher of the Year Nancy Lorenz

Congrats to

Olive Peirce Middle School

Teacher of the Year

Andrea Marootian

Andrea Is an 8th grade teacher with 23 years experience and is currently the advisor for the OPMS National Junior Honor Society

Congrats to

Hanson Elementary Teacher of the Year

Suzanne VanderLinde

The Mt Woodson Quilt Project

Check it out hanging in the main hallway at Mt Woodson Elementary

Happy 25th Anniversary to Barnett!

Barnett Staff


And Now!

Props RHS Visual and Performing Arts Chairperson Liz Schaude and the Art Students of the Ramona Unified School District

Check out their work now on display at the District Office

Props to our colleagues at Hanson for their dedication to Ramona Students as they participate in

  • Making Thinking Visible - Book Study

  • 2017 Language Arts Pilot

  • Handwriting with No Tears

  • Read Across America

    • Jump Rope for Heart Fundraising Campaign for the American Heart Association


2017 Ramona High School Teacher of the Year

Robert Grace

Pictured here with RHS Principal Rowena Mak and RHS Classified Employee of the Year - Cynthia Salow

Props to Jim Bliss and Al Cavell, the RHS Lacrosse Coaches and National Honor Society Advisers for their successful 2nd Annual Color Run.

Read more on the successes and accomplishments of Gloria Quinn and the Eco-Leaders Program!

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History teacher wins globetrotting fellowship

Read Doug Banwart's Story - Click Here

Ramona High School Teachers Receive Grants from the Ramona Chamber of Commerce

Congrats to Doug Banwart and Carol Canfield

Read about the Ramona High School Eco-Leaders and their Golden Bell Award - Props to Ramona High Teacher Gloria Quinn and her amazing students!

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Read more about the Eco Leaders Program and their victory in the National Food Recovery Challenge

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RUSD Convocation 2016

Congrats to Mike Zehm and Laurie Houck as they are recognized for 35 years of service to RUSD

The newly tenured teachers


The site Teachers of the Year for 2015-2016

Celebrating RUSD Teacher of the Year at the annual Salute to Teachers

Ramona Teachers from Barnett, Hanson, and James Dukes Elementary Schools spent their Saturday and Sunday at the most beneficial and motivating workshops for teachers and administrators! The Daily 5, Daily 3 Math and CAFE are powerful systems, structure, and literacy instruction/assessment that are proven to be powerful for providing equity, access and individualized learning for ALL students!