Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) has named Melissa Davis of Ashley Falls Elementary School the 2020 District Teacher of the Year, and Jennifer Yamate, assistant manager of the After School Program, the 2020 District Classified Employee of the Year.

Melissa is a reflective and innovative teacher, treating education as an adventure and embracing a classroom culture of thinking so that all of her students can succeed. She looks for ways to ensure learning is meaningful and engaging, and creates an environment where students feel safe and free to take risks. In the past two years, Melissa’s classroom has become an example of how District Design 2022 comes alive by focusing on academic growth and connecting standards to real-world learning.

Jennifer Yamate is dedicated to DMUSD students, families, and the After School Program. She has been instrumental in the growth of the program and brings her creativity, talents, and relentless drive towards creating the best out-of-school-time experiences for students every day. Jennifer is a proven advocate for students and an active participant in best practices which lead to student success.