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Congratulations to Capistrano Unified’s Top Teachers

According to a Capistrano Unified press release, fifty-six teachers out of more than two thousand have been selected by their colleagues as the top educator at their schools.  District winners will be announced in March and recognized at the annual Teacher of the Year celebration, and three winners – one each at the elementary, middle and high school levels – will compete for Orange County teacher of the year honors.  The fifty-six top CUSD teachers are:

2012 Teachers of the Year

Ambuehl Elementary Laurie Chaddock
Arroyo Vista Elementary Michelle Gicking
Bathgate Elementary Jennifer Burkhardt
Truman Benedict Elementary Jamie Waddell
Marian Bergeson Elementary Celeste Gray
Canyon Vista Elementary Pam Taylor
Castille Elementary Cori Giacchino
Chaparral Elementary Kylie Siglock
Concordia Elementary Barbara Keim
Crown Valley Elementary Colleen Kotel
R.H. Dana Elementary Quinn Beyer
R.H. Dana ENF Lori Sturdevant-Brown
Del Obispo Elementary Heidi Kissel
Don Juan Avila Elementary Mariann Duff
Carl Hankey Elementary Stacy Rumpf
Hidden Hills Elementary Jennifer Calentino
Kinoshita Elementary Stephany Rose
Ladera Ranch Elementary Jennifer Kovaleski
Laguna Niguel Elementary Linda Cardwell
Las Flores Elementary Annette Fettis
Las Palmas Elementary Carrie O’Husky
Clarence Lobo Elementary Lori West
John Malcom Elementary Melanie Foote
Marblehead Elementary Isabel Neidl
Moulton Elementary Linda Gilpin
Music (Elementary) Shawna Ellis
Oak Grove Elementary Roberta Martin
Oso Grande Elementary Melissa Mednick
Palisades Elementary Sue Rice
Philip Reilly Elementary Polly Gryske
San Juan Elementary Carmen Perez
Tijeras Creek Elementary Dai Backlin
Viejo Elementary Kim Belmont
Vista del Mar Elementary Melissa Johnson
Wagon Wheel Elementary Maureen Zimmer
George White Elementary Cathy Myers
Wood Canyon Elementary Lelia West
Aliso Viejo Middle Sally Engelhardt
Arroyo Vista Middle Mike Hammond
Bernice Ayer Middle Ryan Persinger
Don Juan Avila Middle Paul Coppes
Carl Hankey Middle Lisa Boothe
Ladera Ranch Middle Dave Vigus
Las Flores Middle Kimberly McDermott
Marco Forster Middle Grace Elliot
Newhart Middle Gregg McLaughlin
Niguel Hills Middle Katie Fallman
Shorecliffs Middle Cherie England
Vista del Mar Middle Karin Porzuczek
Aliso Niguel High Robbie Schmitz
Capistrano Valley High Andy Waldukat
Dana Hills High Randy Hudson
San Clemente High Pat Willsey
San Juan Hills High Joe Snedeker
Junipero Serra High Shannon Halbert
Tesoro High Brian Barnes

Congratulations to all of the honorees.  Being a public school teacher has not been an easy profession during recent years, yet these teachers (and many more) continue to do an outstanding job for their students. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to the education of our children!

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