Staff Rock Star Award

Honoring A Staff Member For Going Above & Beyond

Jennifer Is A Rock Star At Mission X-Track

Written by Dave Luevanos, her supervisor

Jennifer Thompson has been a staff member at the Mission X-Track school site for eight years as the art teacher. The BGCGSD has been Jennifer’s only employer since she graduated high school and through her entire education at Cal State San Marcos. Jennifer holds a Multiple Subject Teachers Credential and will complete her Masters in Education in a few weeks.

As Art Director for our program, Jenny has proven what a positive attitude and willingness to help can accomplish, even in a tough neighborhood like the Mission Park neighborhood of Escondido. It was almost instantly that Jennifer would capture the hearts and minds of the incoming students to our program. In 2008, she would help lay the groundwork for what would become one of the most diverse and influential art programs in our profession.

Especially popular with girls, Jennifer would help make the difficult middle school years tolerable by working with young girls on effective and positive ways to handle their problems. Over the last seven years Jennifer has introduced her students to the arts, science, horticulture, dance, leadership programs, and a variety of other programs that helped promote positive choices and behavior. 

Of all the accomplishments and memories that she’s made with the thousands of students we have had come through our program, her greatest impression will always be the one she left on me. We have had some tough times in eight years since we walked through the doors together, but is was with her smile, patience and compassion that we were able to change the lives of so many neighborhood kids. Anyone who has ever met her will tell you that she is one of the most loving and caring people to walk this earth.
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