L.A. Unified Educator Wins California Teacher of the Year Distinction

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 23, 2014) – The Los Angeles Unified School District proudly announced today that a middle school teacher was named as one of five educators to receive the 2015 California Teachers of the Year Award from the California Department of Education. Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher, an eighth-grade English teacher at Dodson Middle School in Los Angeles, received the distinguished honor.

“What a true inspiration to have Ms. Marquez-Prueher be recognized statewide,” said Board President Dr. Richard Vladovic. “She exemplifies the best of what LAUSD offers our students every day. She goes above and beyond to provide our students with the best learning opportunities for them to succeed in life.”

Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines said: “I congratulate Ms. Marquez-Prueher on this prestigious praise. The award salutes her dedication, passion, and commitment to achieve educational excellence for her students.”

Marquez-Prueher has been teaching for 12 years, including three at Dodson. She is considered a leader and a promoter of partnerships with parents and the community.

As a mentor, she shares knowledge and expertise with other teachers so together they can make a greater impact on student learning. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and encourages her colleagues to pursue the highest professional credential. She believes that parents are an integral part of education and invites them to share in their children’s experiences. If parents are unable to come to the school for conferences, she goes to their homes.

“I am thrilled for Ms. Marquez-Prueher, Dodson Middle School, and LAUSD,” said Instructional Area Superintendent-South Robert Bravo, who has a doctorate degree in education. “I had the pleasure of visiting her classroom with Dodson Principal (John) Vladovic just a few weeks ago and I know first-hand she is a gifted teacher and completely worthy of the recognition.”

As an immigrant child in the U.S., Marquez-Prueher encountered a difficult beginning in school. But she is proud of the fact that she has come full circle, from an outsider to becoming a public school teacher who embraces a philosophy that learning is a journey.

“I intend on using what I learn about myself to understand the diversity and culture of every child that walks through my classroom door. Through this, I believe that I can ensure that all students learn to function effectively in today’s diverse society,” Marquez-Prueher said.

Marquez-Prueher follows Veronica Marquez, who won the California Teachers of the Year Award in 2012. Marquez was a grade five, multi-subject teacher from Harmony Elementary, and now serves as a coordinator at Nava Learning Academies.

Other District honorees from previous years include: Jose Navarro IV from Sylmar High School (2009), Lewis Chappelear (2008) and Kelly Hanock (2006), both educators at Monroe High School.
 
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