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7 from LA Unified among 16 honored as LA County Teachers of the Year

LA School Report | September 21, 2015



LA Unified's County Teachers of the Year, from left, Maria Medina-Perez, Martha Garibay, Carol Sun, Daniel Jocz, Claudine Phillips, May-Lynn Geronimo and Chanelle Thomas.

LA Unified’s County Teachers of the Year, from left, Maria Medina-Perez, Martha Garibay, Carol Sun, Daniel Jocz, Claudine Phillips, May-Lynn Geronimo and Chanelle Thomas.

A record seven LA Unified educators  were among 16 who have been named Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year. They are now in the running for the California Teacher of the Year award. The state winner moves up to the national competition, which will be held next spring.

“I am so proud of our teachers. They are the dedicated and compassionate instructors in the classroom who help our students achieve educational excellence,” said Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines. “They awaken, brighten and influence the lives of young people and help shape the minds of the future.”

These are the seven:

  • Martha Garibay, a first grade teacher at 52nd Street Elementary School.
  • Daniel Jocz, a US history teacher at Downtown Business Magnet High School.
  • Maria Medina-Perez, an algebra teacher at South Gate High School
  • May-Lynn Geronimo Montano, a fourth grade teacher at Harbor City Elementary.
  • Claudine Phillips, a second grade teacher at Roscomare Road Elementary School.
  • Carol Sun, a resource specialist at Harvard Elementary School.
  • Chanelle Thomas, a fourth grade teacher at Denker Avenue Elementary School.

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