Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore honors May teachers of the month – Principals select best from LEUSD schools

LAKE ELSINORE – The Lake Elsinore Rotary Club honored three Lake Elsinore Unified School District teachers for their years of outstanding service and leadership at the Teacher of the Month Program. May’s honorees are Travis Pellerin of Temescal Canyon High School, Lisa Callaway of Ortega High School and Jennifer Wharton of Southern California Online Academy.

Pellerin teaches ceramics at Temescal Canyon High School. Principal Whitney D’Amico described Pellerin as a leader, a humanitarian and an academic. She notes his talent for taking the subject of ceramics and bringing it to life for his students, encompassing art, history and creativity in all of his


He is known for being a compassionate and supportive teacher. Pellerin is always the first to step up when students are troubled or a peer is suffering a loss and offer a helping hand. He continually goes above and beyond and is respected by all around him.

Noted for being multi-talented and giving her all, Callaway of Ortega High School was recognized by Principal Amy Campbell. Callaway teaches English and has spearheaded many programs at the school including the school newspaper, yearbook, AVID program and a field trip program funded through recycling efforts of her students. Callaway is known for motivating her students and building trusting relationships with students who may have faced challenges in the past. 

Wharton has been a teacher at the Southern Online Academy for three years. Ryan Mulvanny, principal, notes her outstanding achievements with the AVID program at the school. Wharton began the program wanting to encourage all of the students to prepare for the future and consider the options education has to offer. He recognized Wharton for her hard work and dedication to her students and programs at the academy. 

“The teachers we recognize at Teacher of the Month are always inspiring,” said president of the Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore, Mary Brown. “They are a true testament to the excellent educators we have in the Elsinore Valley.”

The Teacher of the Month program is hosted on the third Wednesday of every month during the school year at the Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore meeting. The club meets at 7 a.m. at the Lakeside High School Round Table Café for the event. The public is welcome to attend the awards.

The Rotary Club of Lake welcomes prospective members to attend one of the weekly meetings on Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. at Lakeside High School’s Round Table Café, 32593 Riverside Dr, Lake Elsinore. An evening extension club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Lone Star Steakhouse in Lake Elsinore. For information about Rotary programs, visit

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