L.A. Unified Salutes Seven L.A. County 2016-17 ‘Teachers of the Year’

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 16, 2016) - Honored for their expertise, dedication, creativity and commitment to helping all students excel, seven L.A. Unified teachers were honored today as L.A. County Teachers of the Year during a ceremony held at Universal City. Joining the ranks of other excellent educators, they are now competing for the state designation. 

Superintendent Michelle King, a former science teacher, lauded the honorees. “I would like to congratulate our L.A. County Teachers of the Year and to thank them for the difference they make in the lives of our students.”

The L.A. County Teachers of the Year from L.A. Unified are:

Bootsie Battle-Holt, a mathematics teacher at Marina Del Rey Middle School, has been teaching for 10 years. She lives in Playa Del Rey.

Marcella Deboer, an English teacher at Cesar Chavez Learning Academy, has been teaching for 17 years. She lives in West Hills.

Natalie Elliott, a fifth-grade teacher at 92nd Street Elementary School, has been teaching for 10 years. She lives in Huntington Beach.

Shannon Garrison, a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher at Solano Avenue Elementary School, has been teaching 19 years. She lives in South Pasadena.

Tricia Kalma, a fifth-grade teacher at Porter Ranch Community School, has been teaching for 11 years. She lives in Newhall.

Isela Lieber, an English teacher at James Monroe High School, has been teaching for 10 years. She lives in Saugus.

Matthew Waynee, a cinematic arts teacher at LAUSD/USC Media Arts & Engineering Magnet, has been teaching for 20 years. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Photo: From left to right: Battle-Holt, Garrison, Kalma, Waynee, Deboer, Elliott & Lieber

 

Contact: Ellen Morgan (213) 241-6766

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