I've had the joy of knowing Conrad since he came to Speaking Up class when he was in second grade. He went on to take First Place that year with a hilarious recitation of a Judy Sierra poem about a baby penguin seeking his mother. Last year, Conrad delivered First Place again with an original speech about visiting Grandma's; such a heartfelt tribute to her! And here he is, just this month, #1 again at his local school. Love this boy and his wonderful family!
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Courage mantra for everyone... thank you, Maya... your word-gifts are priceless and eternal.
PERSISTENTLY OPTIMISTIC EDUCATOR, ART LOVER, PHOTOGRAPHER, WIFE, DAUGHTER, SISTER, AUNT, YOGINI
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 celebrated 67 years' marriage July 2015, and Lance's celebrated 68 years as a couple June 2015. They give us such a consistent image of how to live and share love with others! They are at the center of my compass rose.
Their legacy as educators has inspired me. My dad, Wayne Pressler, was a dedicated Junior High School English, Spanish, and History teacher. In 1963, he completed his M.L.S. at UCLA to become 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, persistence, 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, the last Allied ship sunk 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.
Joan & Mille are among the greatest of The Greatest Generation. My mom is the world's best ever... loving and giving as only a mother can be, wise, and always fun to be with. Lance's mom is the 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 Woodie and I be?
Proud coach to winning young speakers at San Diego Fair Oratorical Contest the past seven years: 2015 Second Place Elementary PLUS First and Second Middle School 2014 First and Third Elementary PLUS Second Middle School 2013 Second Elementary and First Middle School 2012 First and Third Elementary PLUS First and Third Middle School 2011 Second & Third Place Elementary, Second Place Middle School 2010 First, Second and Third Place Elementary 2009 First Place Elementary (In 2008 I volunteered as a judge.) In addition to those judged winners at the fair, many other children have bravely and beautifully performed at the fair and other venues after taking various levels of "Speaking Up", my oral communications course. Every child who learns to communicate better wins BIG!
- United States International UniversityM.A. Education: English as a Second Language
- San Diego State UniversityTeaching Credential
- San Diego State UniversityB.S. Business: Real Estate
- Southwestern Community CollegeEarly Childhood Education
- Mesa Community CollegeReal Estate
- University of California, San DiegoEconomics
- Hilltop High SchoolCollege Prep
- Teaching UP: Unlimited Potentialteacher and academic coach, present
- San Diego Unified School DIstrict
- International Education Services, Tokyo, Japan
- American Language School, Chiba, Japan
- San Diego State University Foundation
- Prudential Real Estate
- La Jolla Land Brokers
- Coldwell Banker Real Estate
- Balboa Bank
June Pressler Pecchia, June Pressler, June Renee Pressler