LOS ANGELES (June 8, 2012) —The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced today that 17 teachers have been honored as the 2012-13 LAUSD Teachers of the Year (TOY). The list includes teachers in science, Advanced Placement (AP) World and U.S. history teacher; a special education instructor and a GATE English teacher. All of these award-winning educators have been recognized for their superior and creative teaching.
“Congratulations to our exemplary and dedicated LAUSD TOY winners,” said Superintendent John E. Deasy. "These scholars of education represent the best of the best in the LAUSD.”
These outstanding teachers now qualify for the 2012-2013 L.A. County Teachers of the Year competition, which is part of the California and National Teachers of the Year programs.
The winners are:
Thomas Simonsen, from Woodland Hills Academy, who has been a science teacher for one year. He is a resident of Santa Monica and has been teaching for 12 years.
Colleen Robin Henry-Schwab, a resident of Woodland Hills, has been a social students/Spanish teacher at Woodland Hills Academy for 29 years.
Norma Sagocio has been a fourth-grade teacher at Sylmar Elementary School for nine years. She has been a teacher for 15 years and resides in Newhall.
Jeffrey Austin, a resident of Los Angeles, has been teaching for 10 years. He teaches Advanced Placement (AP) and honors Government, AP economics and AP U.S. at the Social Justice Humanitas Academy at Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academies.
Meteka Bullard, from Baldwin Hills Elementary and Gifted Magnet School, has been teaching fourth- and fifth-grade for nine years. She is a resident of Inglewood.
Stacey Lorinn Joy, a resident of Inglewood, has been teaching fifth-grade at Baldwin Hills Elementary and Gifted Magnet School for 27years.
Samuel C. Kullens, has been a world and AP U.S History teacher at Franklin High School for nine years. He is a resident of Los Angeles.
Armine Kharmandaryan, a resident of North Hollywood, has been teaching first-grade for 10 years at Los Feliz Elementary School.
Luis E. Machuca, from the Social Justice Leadership Academy at Esteban E. Torres High School in Los Angeles, has been a special education teacher there for two years. He has been an educator for six years and is a resident of Montebello.
Veronica Marquez has been a fifth-grade teacher at Harmony Elementary School for 13 years. She is a resident of Los Angeles.
Lisette Quiñonez, a resident of Los Angeles, has been a fourth-grade teacher at Budlong Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles for 11 years.
Leslie Aaronson, a resident of Los Angeles, has been teaching technology for nine years at Foshay Learning Center.
Joni-Marie Badar has been an English teacher at Stephen M. White Middle School for nine years. The Harbor City resident has taught for 20 years.
Terri Ann Sullivan has been an English teacher at Carson High School for 10 years. She is a resident of Hermosa Beach.
Adam Kuppersmith, a resident of Los Angeles, has been an English teacher at John Muir Middle School in Los Angeles for seven years. He has been teaching for a total of 13 years.
Margarita Wang from John Muir Middle School has been an English Language Arts teacher for six years. She is a resident of Los Angeles.
Elizabeth O’Neill, a resident of Simi Valley, has been teaching seventh-grade at Ivy Academia Charter School for five years.