Educators from Dingeman Elementary, Wilson Middle and Crawford High schools have been named 2014 Teachers of the Year in the San Diego Unified School District.

Sara Church, a third-grade teacher at Dingeman Elementary School in Scripps Ranch; Khamphet Pease, a technology teacher at Wilson Middle School in City Heights; and Ken Herschmann, a math teacher at Crawford High, will be honored at the district’s Day of the Teacher celebration.

Sara Church was saluted for earlier Teach of the Year honors at Dingeman School. Photo via

The free event, open to the public, is 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at Lewis Middle School, 5170 Greenbrier Ave., in Allied Gardens.

“The dedication of all our teachers to teach, to engage, to inspire and to care about our students amazes me,” said Superintedent Cindy Marten. “Our three Teachers of the Year exemplify the remarkable work being done every day in classrooms across the district. I am proud to work with such committed individuals who have dedicated their professional lives to doing what’s best for children.”

Runners-up were Margarita Idos, grade one, Zamorano Fine Arts Academy; Dennis Gildehaus, grades 6 and 8, physical education, Pacific Beach Middle School; and Jaimee Rojas, grade 9, humanities, e3 Civic High.

Teacher of the Year candidates go through a rigorous selection process, first being selected by the staff members at their school, then a panel including former teachers of the year.

San Diego Unified¹s Teachers of the Year and runners-up are eligible to apply for San Diego county Teacher of the Year, part of the process leading to the national Teacher of the Year.

The county Teacher of the Year ceremony will be held this fall and is organized by the San Diego County Office of Education.

— San Diego Unified School District