by LINDA FRABL | photos by Alex Williams Photography

A Rewarding Profession

faces_brown3Retiring Stone Ranch Elementary School first grade teacher Sally Brown was named Teacher of the Year by her colleagues, and she admitted that it was one the most gratifying moments in her professional life. Sally elaborated, “I have always wanted to be a teacher. As a child, I used to line up my stuffed animals in my bedroom and practice teaching them. It is so lovely to be recognized for a job that I absolutely love to do every day!”

After growing up in Orange County and marrying her high school sweetheart in the late 1970s, Sally moved to Poway and began working for the Poway Unified School District. Her first assignment was to implement the Extended Student Services (ESS), which was a brand-new program back in 1982. After that, Sally opened a new Parent Participation Preschool Program at Chaparral Elementary School. Then she began teaching at Pomerado and Rolling Hills Elementary Schools, and she eventually ended up at Stone Ranch the year it opened (2004).


Name: Sally Brown
Profession: First Grade Teacher at Stone Ranch Elementary School, PUSD
Community: Poway since 1978
Hobbies & Interests: Reading, crafting, going to the movies and the beach, quilting, spending time with family and friends.
Favorite Local Spots: I love that we are so close to the beach. We have wonderful restaurants, shops, parks, movies. So glad that my boys were able to grow up in such a lovely, family-centered city and attend a great PUSD school.


faces_brown2Grateful for her fantastic teaching experiences, Sally declared, “There are so many rewarding daily moments for me, such as when the students discover something fun and new for themselves. I love being the first one to introduce new concepts to the students and then having them understand it. You can tell they get it when their faces ‘light up!’”

Last year, Sally was able to attend the Del Norte graduation ceremony for the students who were the “original” kindergartners from the year Stone Ranch Elementary began. Sally revealed, “I had the chance to see so many of my former little kindergarten students graduate. It was great to see them, and I was so proud of them! In fact, I always enjoy it when former students come back to visit me, or I get to see them out in the community.”

“It is so lovely to be recognized for a job that I absolutely love to do every day!”

Sally has plenty of plans for her retirement, starting with a big change to her morning routine. “I am really looking forward to throwing my alarm clock away!” she said. She looks forward to catching up on movies, gardening, traveling, reading, crafting, and spending time with her two grown sons, one of whom has a new little baby. She’s confident she’s leaving her students in good hands, adding, “At Stone Ranch Elementary, we have a wonderful group of students, parents, staff, and teachers who really care about what is best for the children.”