by JENNIFER FRAKES | photo by Spark Photography

Life’s a Ball

When Carolyn and Mark Burns moved to Wine Country in Scripps Ranch 16 years ago, they wanted to start a family in a close-knit neighborhood with great schools. Flash forward to the present and the Burns are a family of five. “Andrew is in eighth grade at Marshall Middle School, Nick is in sixth grade at Marshall and Megan is a fourth grader at Jerabek,” said Carolyn.

This busy family has built a busy and fulfilling life in 92131, and much of it revolves around sports. “We all love to participate in as well as watch sports. Andrew is a goalie for the Scripps Ranch United and plays many other sports. Nick plays basketball for San Diego Sol and NJB and also plays baseball. Megan plays many sports and is involved in Girls Scouts,” revealed Carolyn. She and Mark are actively involved in the kids’ activities, with Carolyn coaching softball for four years and Mark coaching soccer, basketball, and Little League.

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In addition to her coaching duties, Carolyn, a former high school social studies teacher, volunteers with the Art Corps program at Jerabek and in the school’s library. “I am also on the Pastoral Stewardship Council at St. Gregory the Great. Mark, who is a sales manager for Veridiam, Inc. is very involved in Scripps Ranch Little League. He is currently serving on the board of directors,” stated Carolyn.

While Carolyn is a San Diego native, growing up in La Jolla and going to La Jolla High School, Mark is originally from New Jersey. He moved out west to attend college at the University of Arizona and then headed to San Diego. “It might surprise some people, but Mark moved here after college with no job and only his U-Haul full of belongings,” laughed Carolyn, who earned her bachelor’s degree and teaching credential at Loyola Marymount University and then attended graduate school at San Diego State.

Whenever Carolyn, Mark, and the kids have some downtime, they can often be found at the beach or enjoying the pool and gym at Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club. “Reading is also a hobby for the five of us, and we also all seem to know tons of random trivia facts,” laughed Carolyn.

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AT-A-GLANCE

Parents: Carolyn and Mark Burns
Children: Andrew (14, 8th grade at Marshall Middle School);
Nick (12, 6th grade at Marshall Middle School);
Megan (9, 4th grade at Jerabek Elementary School)
Community: Wine Country since 1998
Parents’ Hometowns: Carolyn – La Jolla, CA; Mark – Mendham, NJ
Parents’ Occupations: Carolyn – former teacher; Mark – sales manager
Pet: Guinea pig named Lincoln
Favorite Places to Visit in 92131: Parks, fields, SRSRC pool, and gym

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