Last Friday, the Los Angeles County Office of Education announced the 16 County Teachers of the Year (TOY), who represent the best among the 75,000 K-12 educators of our county.
The top 16 were presented by LACOE Superintendent Debra Duardo on Sept. 16 at the Hilton Universal City as outstanding educators who have served with praiseworthy distinction.
Judged as the county’s top public school teachers for this academic year, they will serve as standard-bearers for the teaching profession countywide.
They were selected by judging panels from a contestant field of 73 district-level teachers of the year. The top 16 are comprised of 14 women and two men. They represent the profession’s elite from a total pool of about 75,000 teachers countywide.
Now in its 35th year, the LA County TOY competition is the largest in the state and is part of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honors contest for school teachers. The number of county winners – 16 – is determined by program rules based on the total number of teachers in the county.
The 16 automatically advance, with other county titlists from around the state, to the California Teachers of the Year competition this fall. The state is scheduled to announce its five co-winners in October, but only one of those state co-winners will be chosen to represent California in the National Teacher of the Year contest next spring.
The 16 County TOY Are:
– Sara Line – Burbank Unified School District, R.L. Stevenson Elementary School, fourth grade.
– Sheila Edwards – Covina-Valley Unified School District, Sierra Vista Middle School, eighth grade.
– Dominique Evans-Bye – Glendale Unified School District, Clark Magnet High School, biology/geospatial technologies.
– Carrie Trupp – Las Virgenes Unified School District, Arthur E. Wright Middle School, math and leadership.
– Deborah Holland – Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach Polytechnic High School, psychology (AP and intro).
– Susan Watson – Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Japanese.
– Bootsie Battle-Holt – Los Angeles Unified School District, Marina del Rey Middle School and Performing Arts Magnet, math.
– Marcella DeBoer – Los Angeles Unified School District, CCLA-Social Justice Humanitas Academy, English/ELD/LTEL.
– Natalie Elliott – Los Angeles Unified School District, 92nd Street Elementary School, fifth grade.
– Shannon Garrison – Los Angeles Unified School District, Solano Avenue Elementary School, fourth and fifth grades.
– Tricia Kalma – Los Angeles Unified School District, Porter Ranch Community School, fifth grade.
– Isela Lieber – Los Angeles Unified School District, James Monroe High School, English and science.
– Matthew Waynee – Los Angeles Unified School District, LAUSD/USC Media Arts and Engineering Magnet, cinematic arts.
– Alissa Opfer – Manhattan Beach Unified School District, Meadows Elementary School, kindergarten.
– Laura Palmer – Pasadena Unified School District, Sierra Madre Elementary School, fourth grade.
– Matt Byers – Temple City Unified School District, Temple City High School, vocal music.