Born June Pressler in Chula Vista, CA...I've come far in many respects, but not so far geographically... now live in Encinitas, CA with perfectly wonderful husband Lance Pecchia on Hill Top Lane (joke is that I went to Hilltop H.S. with mascot the Lancers.)
I've traveled quite a bit, but have resided in various parts of San Diego County most of my life. The exceptions are two adventurous years as a teacher of English as a Second Language in Japan, and several months traveling solo through Europe's varied landscapes and cityscapes.
Together we are Beach Dog Photo and Lance Pecchia Photography. We've delighted many clients and won several awards for our creative images. One of our top models is our beloved black tri Australian Shepherd Woodie... so named because he has copper-colored 'wood' trim, like classic surf woodie cars.
Teaching UP:Unlimited Potential is my venue for helping develop our next generation of leaders. Particular emphasis is given to the development of English Language Arts communications skills. We need our children's ideas, so they need to know how to publish and broadcast them effectively.
All four of our "Greatest Generation" parents live in San Diego County. My parents celebrate 64 years' marriage July 2012, and Lance's celebrate 65 years as a couple June 2012.
Their legacy as educators has inspired me. My dad, Wayne Pressler, was an outstanding Junior High School English, Spanish, and History teacher, then became an expert college librarian. Lance's dad, Leonard Pecchia, coached winning high school teams before moving on to become a beloved college coach. Joan Pecchia, Lance's mom, studied to become an admired French and Special Education teacher after raising three boys of her own. My mom, Millie Pressler, taught and continues to gently teach my three siblings and me the essence of integrity, generosity, and kindness.
Both our fathers and Lance, the three most influential men in my life, are U.S. military vets. Lance is a Viet Nam era Air Force veteran. My dad enlisted in the Navy during WW II, serving bravely on several ships, including the USS Callaghan, last Allied ship sunk in the war, by kamikazes, on July 28, 1945. My father later rejoined the Navy as an officer, serving during the Korean War. Lance's dad is a Purple Heart Marine - for wounds that still cause pain today- who earned the Silver Star for 'valor in the face of the enemy' on Iwo Jima. Both our fathers have accomplished much since the war in the Pacific, and have hearts big enough to embrace my friends from Japan whenever they come to visit.
My mom is world's best ever... loving and giving as only a mother can be, wise, and always fun to be with. Lance's mom is world's best ever mom-in-law... loving, insightful, generous and also lots of fun.
Joan and Millie combined have given their hearts and minds to raise 7 children, 6 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
How lucky can Lance and I be?