Five of the District’s winning teachers are now qualified for the Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year competition, which is part of the California and National Teachers of the Year programs.
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Leslie Anderson, an education specialist, teaches at Leichman Career Preparatory and Transition Center. Her greatest joy is seeing her students learn to utilize their strengths, understand and rise above their challenges, and conquer their fears as they transition to adulthood. Leslie completed her teacher preparation program through the Los Angeles Unified School District Intern Program. She holds teaching credentials in both Mild-Moderate and Moderate to Severe Disabilities. Leslie achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in the area of exceptional Needs. Teaching for 20 years, (18 in L.A. Unified), she lives in Van Nuys.
Flor Cuevas teaches sixth grade at Graham Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Elementary Academy. One of her greatest joys is witnessing students gain confidence and foster perseverance within themselves. She has a Multiple Subject Credential along with a Math and English Supplementary Credential. She completed her teacher preparation at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Fluent in Spanish, she also advocates for her students, their families and communities, and her profession. Teaching for 10 years, Flor lives in Wilmington.
Wendy Lucia Lozano is a fifth-grade teacher at Canoga Park Elementary School. One of her greatest joys is watching her students internalize a growth mindset and embrace the challenge to pursue a higher education so they can empower themselves, their families, and their communities. She completed her teacher preparation at California State University, Northridge where she earned a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Master of Arts in Education. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Wendy was born, raised, and continues to reside in Van Nuys. She has been teaching 9 years.
Jennifer Tróchez MacLean is a fifth-grade teacher at Gates Street Elementary School. One of her greatest joys is witnessing her students learn that with practice and perseverance they are able to master a skill or concept they initially didn’t think they could. Jennifer has a B.A. in Biology and Psychology from Occidental College and a M.S. in Science Education from the University of Southern California, and she is a National Board-Certified Teacher. Jennifer completed her teacher preparation at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she was also a National Science Foundation Master Teacher Fellow in Elementary Science. Teaching for 21 years, Jennifer is bilingual in English and Spanish, and lives in Los Angeles.
Joseph Zeccola is a high school English and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher at Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies. His greatest joy in is watching students discover their own powerful voices, as they learn to articulate their ideas, and express themselves as scholars and agents of change. Joe has an English credential and National Board Certification in English. He completed his teacher preparation with TeachLA through Center X at UCLA. Teaching for 11 years, he is originally from The Bronx, New York, he lives in Los Angeles.
The additional 2018-19 L.A. Unified Teachers of the Year are:
Christina Bludau teaches third grade at Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter School. Teaching for 21 years, she lives in Studio City.
Ari Anne Campbell teaches fourth grade at Westside Global Awareness Magnet Span School (K-8). Teaching for 16 years, she lives in Los Angeles.
Jalina Ramirez Chatzipantsios teaches sixth and eighth grade Business, Entrepreneurship and Computer Science at Florence Nightingale Business, Entrepreneurship, Technology Magnet School. Teaching for 12 years, she lives in Monterey Park.
Benjamin Feinberg teaches eighth grade math at Luther Burbank Middle School. He also coaches the Science Bowl team. Teaching for 10 years, he lives in Los Angeles.
Aileen Gendrano Adao teaches 12th grade English at the Math, Science, and Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt Senior High School. Teaching for 11 years, he lives in Pasadena.
Jason Hayes teaches English and theatre at James Monroe Senior High School. Teaching for 17 years, he lives in San Fernando.
Dennis Hagen-Smith is a fifth-grade, multiple-subject teacher at Toluca Lake Elementary school. Teaching for 30 years (29 in the District), he lives in Burbank.
Susan Kacvinsky teaches 12th grade English Language Arts at LAUSD/USC Media Arts and Engineering High School. Teaching for 17 years, she lives in Los Angeles.
Sean Longstreet teaches 6th-8th grade instrumental music at Walnut Park Middle School. Teaching for 11 years, he lives in Venice.
Monica Multner is a kindergarten-second grade special education teacher at Melvin Avenue Elementary school. Teaching for 25 years, she lives in Valencia.
Tara Race is a ninth-12th grade teacher at the City of Angels School. Teaching for 26 years (21 in the District), she lives in Huntington Beach.
Susan Requa is an English teacher at Alexander Hamilton Senior High School. Teaching for 10 years, she lives in Los Angeles.
Diana Shar is a social science teacher at East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy High School. Teaching for 11 years, she lives in Los Angeles.
Joyann Sofio is a sixth-grade math and science teacher at Walter Reed Middle School. Teaching for 30 years (25 in the District), she lives in Studio City.
Erin Sopapunta is an 11th grade English teacher at Francis Polytechnic Senior High School. Teaching for 16 years (10 in the District), she lives in Burbank.
Madeleine Walker teaches a fourth-fifth combination class at Palisades Charter Elementary School. Teaching for 33 years, she lives in Santa Monica.
Anne Marie Wotkyns is a fifth-grade science teacher at Kittridge School for Advanced Studies. Teaching for 26 years, she lives in Westlake Village.