Seventeen William S. Hart Union High School District Teachers of the Year for the 2016/17 school year were recognized by the Governing Board Wednesday.
The District Teacher of the Year is Sarah Avanessian, an English teacher at Hart High School. Sarah is also 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:
Jerry Malkowski, Social Studies, Academy of the Canyons
Jennifer Klipfel, Science, Arroyo Seco Junior High
Jose Rosales, Special Education, Bowman High School
Ron Kasdorf, English, Canyon High School
Joshua Stimac, Social Studies, Golden Valley High School
Sarah Avanessian, English, Hart High School
Kezban Mansilla, Science, La Mesa Junior High School
Tammy Werth, Science, Learning Post
Mallory Howe, Social Studies, Placerita Junior High School
Peggi Stoffel, Instrumental Music, Rancho Pico Junior High School
Kirsten Shaw, Math, Rio Norte Junior High School
Brant Botton, English, Saugus High School
Laura Lopez (Luxmore), Special Education, Seqouia Charter School
Kellie Kontis, Social Studies, Sierra Vista Junior High School
Eve Itaya, English, Valencia High School
Julie Chang, Science, West Ranch High School
Mike Ehrhart, High School Diploma, Golden Oak Adult School
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.