Jennifer Villalpando honored with Crystal Apple award

Mrs. Jennifer Villalpando, an English teacher at Oceanside High School is this year’s recipient of the Crystal Apple award. The 21st annual Crystal Apple Awards ceremony was hosted recently by the Carlsbad California Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Award recipients are chosen by local seminary students for their exemplary teaching and encouragement of moral values. LDS Seminary students are high-school aged teenagers who, before going to school every day, attend religion class at 6:30 a.m. at one of the three chapels in Oceanside and Carlsbad.

City Councilman, OUSD officials, Mayor Jim Wood, Class of 1966 (R) with 2017 OUSD Winners

The other three coastal North County high school teachers honored includes Jesse
Bullock, choir teacher at Carlsbad High School; Lisa Esquivel, government teacher at El Camino High School and Tom Bloomquist, government, history and intervention

Jennifer Villalpando & Lisa Esquivel

teacher at Sage Creek High School.

The polished apple award is a symbol of the teacher-student relationship since it was first introduced in the 1920s. Adding to the transparent brilliance of the crystal, the honorees received an apple made of crystal with their name engraved on the award and a framed certificate.

Holocaust Museum, LA

“A good teacher is like a candle, because it consumes itself to give light to others,” said Steven Pynes, president of the Carlsbad Stake LDS church back in 2016. He also said because of their service to the students, their “own paths have been made brighter as well.”

Mrs.Villalpando recently was awarded a $325 teachers grant in February to help with expenses when she took her 9th grade class to the Holocaust Museum in Los Angeles for a tour and met with a holocaust survivor. More about the Foundation grant and the visit can be found here: OHS Foundation faculty grants awarded


Excerpts from SD-UT: North County School News, April 27  and Seaside Courier Awards 2016