Love & Appreciation

Zaneta Encarnacion

Fri January 30, 2015 11:24am

One of my favorite memories from school is the rich smell of chocolate and the nervous anticipation of waiting to see who would give me a card on Valentine’s Day. It happens to be a favorite part of Jeannie Sandoval’s day each year at McMillin Elementary School. Sandoval fills the day with special Valentine’s activities and relishes the opportunity to spend a day focused on appreciating others. She caps off the day each year watching movies with her husband Jerome Sandoval and daughters Jaelyn, Joie and Julie.
This year will mark their first Valentine’s Day in their new Otay Ranch home, but Sandoval has lived in Chula Vista for more than 10 years. She has worked for the Chula Vista Elementary School District as a teacher for 15 years, and her husband has been a teacher in the Sweetwater Union High School District for more than eight years. Her two older daughters have been immersed in the community through their taekwondo and gymnastics classes. She’s not sure what her younger daughter’s interests will be, but she is sure their new community of Otay Ranch will offer many opportunities for exploration.
“Living in Chula Vista has been a blessing to me and my family, this city is where my husband and I started our family and we hope to continue to raise our children here. It is important to give back and be part of this community; I feel I do so through my profession. I am a firm believer that it takes a village to raise a child.”
Zaneta Encarnacion is engagement director of communications and external affairs at South Bay Community Services.