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February Teachers are Heroes Award Presented to Patty Fullington at Rancho Vista High School

Teachers are Heroes is a popular recognition program that highlights one school teacher each month who has gone above and beyond his or her job description. KATY – 101.3 The Mix (KATY) and Azusa Pacific University (APU) presented the February Teachers are Heroes award to Mrs. Patty Fullington, a math teacher at Rancho Vista High School in Temecula, on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Rancho Vista High School Principal, Mr. Greg Cooke and Sparkman Alternative Education (SAE) Center PTSA President, Mrs. Barbara Burkett, joined Fullington and her students at the Teachers are Heroes presentation and also enjoyed a pizza party celebration provided by The Pizza Factory in Temecula.

Mrs. Fullington is a beloved teacher truly worthy of this recognition. Fullington was nominated by the Sparkman Alternative Education (SAE) Center PTSA who said, “Mrs. Fullington will work with students before/after school and during lunch to help them be successful. This is her 40th year of teaching, and she is still passionate about making sure her students conquer math!”

Fullington began teaching at Hannibal High School in Missouri for 26 years (apparently home to Mark Twain)! When she moved out to Temecula she taught at Linfield Christian School in Temecula and then retired. However, she missed teaching and began looking for the right fit for her and found it at Rancho Vista High School. On February 28, 2016, she celebrated her 11th year at Rancho Vista High School.

The Teachers are Heroes program will run through April 2016. All selected teachers and their classes will attend a private celebration at the end of the year at the Lake Elsinore Storm Stadium. Teachers can be nominated by students, parents, and even other school administrators. For more information go to, keyword: Teachers or go to