Cristina Williamson, Cal Fire battalion chief, was honored at February’s meeting of the Valley Center–Pauma Unified School District board for her many contributions to school safety.
Director of Special Projects Olivia Leschick noted that Williamson has “provided great support, from practicing safety drills with students to providing education for student safety.”
Chief Williamson told the board that she was “honored and humbled” by the recognition. She noted that she has been stationed in Valley Center for 15 years and has lived here for 18 years. “We’ve been through a lot together in this community, such as the wildfires, but we’ve also had a lot of good times over the years,” she said. “Valley Center is very dear to me. All of you are fellow residents and friends. As a parent, I want to thank the board and administrative staff.”
Williamson has two children in VC schools in the bilingual program. “What a wonderful opportunity to help kids get a leg up.” She joked that her children speak Spanish so well and that she can always tell when they are talking about her because they use that language, knowing that she is not as fluent as they are.