Three CTA Members Earn California Teacher of the Year Honors: One Will Represent State in National Competition
At a gala in Sacramento on Monday night, Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson honored the state’s teachers for their achievement, singling out the state’s 2013 teachers of the year for special note.
Three of the awardees are CTA members, including the state nominee for National Teacher of the Year.
The superintendent cited the educators for having “shown the kind of skill, passion, and dedication that exemplify the very best of the most important, most demanding, and most rewarding profession there is – teaching.” The three are:
Sebastien Paul De Clerck is a 9-12th grade French and Italian teacher at Ventura High School. The state schools chief cited him for “not just closing the achievement gap — but demolishing it.” He is a member of the Ventura Unified Education Association.
Veronica Marquez teaches fifth-grade at Harmony Elementary School in Los Angeles. A
member of United Teachers Los Angeles and a National Board Certified member, Ms. Marguez has worked width gifted students, sheltered English immersion, and bilingual education programs. She has extensive experience providing staff development, mentorships, and training for other teachers. "She sees herself as a gardener who watches her students bloom under her leadership, and sees her students as scholars worthy of better lives,” declared Supt. Torlakson.
I’Asha Warfield teaches seventh-grade English at Frick Middle School in Oakland. She serves as a coach in the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program to help new teachers. She also consults width to the Bay Area Writing Project, a professional development program helping educators teach writing skills even more effectively. Supt. Torlakson describes this Oakland Education Association member as being “at the top of her game” in helping students master lessons. She will represent California in the National Teacher of the Year competition this year.