by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photo by Zabrosky Photography

Deeply Rooted

family_carr2The Carr family’s connection to Poway goes back about 40 years. “My husband was a Poway High School graduate,” explained Kimberly Carr. “His first job was when he was 12 years old at what used to be the Gun Room, what is now the museum attached to the Hamburger Factory in Old Poway Park.” Kimberly – who herself has lived in Poway for 30 years – met her husband Jeffery 17 years ago while she was volunteering in her son’s classroom. Today, she and Jeffery both work for the Poway Unified School District. “My husband works in the facilities side of the school district in Maintenance/Locksmith,” explained Kimberly. “I myself work at a middle school in Special Education as an aide, and have for the past 15 years.”

The children of the family – Kyle (age 24) and Kenna (age 22) – graduated from schools within Poway Unified. “My son completed his schooling at Rancho Bernardo High School and then completed four years in the Transition Program at Abraxas,” shared Kimberly. “He currently works for and is in a program through Goodwill Industries.” She continued, “My daughter graduated from Poway High and from there took courses at Palomar College. She is now currently enrolled at Cal State San Marcos.”

“Three out of four of us are currently employed by Poway Unified School District!”

family_carr1Kyle loves sports and plays many through the Special Olympics Program. “He plays basketball through the City of Poway in the Challenged Basketball League,” stated Kimberly. “He also bowls almost every Friday on the Young Adults Special Needs Bowling League.”

Kenna has taken a page out of her parents’ book and is now working for Poway Unified as an ESS Program aide. “Three out of four of us are currently employed by Poway Unified School District,” said Kimberly. “Also, my husband’s mother drove a school bus for Poway Unified.”

In their free time, the Carr family enjoys cheering on Kyle at his sporting events, going on camping trips, and watching NASCAR racing. “My husband and I are volunteers at Old Poway Park, where we are Old West Reenactors in our group called The Apache Canyon Gang,” added Kimberly. “We perform on various occasions there in the park with the train as the Poway Posse used to do.” The family has also participated every year in the Poway Parade, winning first place for best float two years ago. “All of us love being involved in the community!” exclaimed Kimberly.

Parents: Jeffery and Kimberly Carr
Children: Kyle and Kenna Raney
Hometowns: Jeff – Poway; Kimberly – San Diego
Occupations: Jeff – Maintenance/Locksmith for Poway Unified School District;
Kimberly – Instructional Assistant Special Education for Poway Unified School District

Pet: Sparky – Jack Russel Terrier
Favorite Places to Visit in 92064: Old Poway Park, Poway Lake, and various restaurants, especially Cully’s.