The District Teacher of the Year is Erica Hardbarger, a science teacher from Hart High School who was transferred before the start of the school year to the District Office as the science teacher on special assignment (TOSA). The Los Angeles County Office of Education honored Erica on September 14, 2018, as one of 60 Teachers of the Year in the county.
The Hart School District Teachers of the Year honored Wednesday night were:
Wayne Shapiro, English, Academy of the Canyons
Rebekah West, Choir/Drama, Arroyo Seco
Stacey Killinger, Government/Psychology, Bowman
Dennis Young, AP Environmental Science/Biology, Canyon
Marianella Lora, English as Second Language, Golden Oak Adult School
Eric Harris, History, Golden Valley
Erica Hardbarger, Biology/AP Biology, Hart
Jennifer Putt, English, La Mesa
Eric Olsson, Physical Education, Placerita
Kristine Spector, Science, Rancho Pico
Melinda Moore, Culinary Arts, Rio Norte
B.J. Layton, Mathematics, Saugus
Andrew Rashkin, Special Education/Science, Sequoia
Nicole Terranova, Science, Sierra Vista
Sarah E. Ford. English/EL, Valencia
Darcy Rojas, Social Studies, West Ranch
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.