The District Teacher of the Year is Mary Purdy, who retired at the end of last year as the choir teacher at Canyon High School. Mary is now one of 16 teachers being considered for Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year.
The entire list of Hart School District Teachers of the Year honored Wednesday night were:
Michele Siner, Chemistry, Academy of the Canyons
Jessica Meraz, Electives, Arroyo Seco
Ravinder Athwal, Science/Algebra, Bowman
Mary Purdy, Choir, Canyon
Jamie Foderaro, Special Education, Golden Valley
Martin Kirby, Physics, Hart
Jessica Dabbeekah, Mathematics, La Mesa
Denise Baker, Spanish, Learning Post
Monica Ludlow, Librarian, Placerita
Carine Clewis, Special Education, Rancho Pico
Matthew Sheridan, History, Rio Norte
Monica Lunde, Mathematics, Saugus
Teri Rodriguez, Special Education/Mathematics, Sequoia
Stephanie Caneday, English, Sierra Vista
Brenda Monteleone, English, Valencia
Linda Cox, Business, West Ranch
Marci Gabriel, ESL, Golden Oak
Selection criteria included personal growth, commitment, personal attributes and professional skills.
The California Teacher of the Year program, which began in 1972, has brought recognition to exemplary teachers, paying tribute to their resolute efforts. With the District’s many outstanding teachers, the staff takes pride in identifying and honoring its own heroes of Hart District classrooms.