Only 22 of the thousands of educators who work at L.A. Unified were honored as 2018 Teachers of the Year for their “excellence, creativity and ability to make a difference in the lives of their students,” according to the school district. Five of those teachers work on Eastside campuses in Boyle Heights, Cypress Park, East Los Angeles, Highland Park and Lincoln Heights.
Here are this year’s Eastside award winners:
Aileen Gendrano Adao
Math, Science, and Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt Senior High School
Aileen Gendrano Adao teaches 12th grade English at the Math, Science, and Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt Senior High School. Teaching for 11 years, she lives in Pasadena.
Jalina Ramirez Chatzipantsios
Florence Nightingale Business, Entrepreneurship, Technology Magnet School
Jalina Ramirez Chatzipantsios teaches sixth and eighth grade Business, Entrepreneurship and Computer Science at Florence Nightingale Business, Entrepreneurship, Technology Magnet School. Teaching for 12 years, she lives in Monterey Park.
Luther Burbank Middle School
Benjamin Feinberg teaches eighth grade math at Luther Burbank Middle School. He also coaches the Science Bowl team. Teaching for 10 years, he lives in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Tróchez MacLean
Gates Street Elementary
Jennifer Tróchez MacLean is a fifth-grade teacher at Gates Street Elementary School. She is among five of this year award winners who qualified for the Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year competition.
One of her greatest joys is witnessing her students learn that with practice and perseverance they are able to master a skill or concept they initially didn’t think they could. Jennifer has a B.A. in Biology and Psychology from Occidental College and a M.S. in Science Education from the University of Southern California, and she is a National Board-Certified Teacher. Jennifer completed her teacher preparation at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she was also a National Science Foundation Master Teacher Fellow in Elementary Science. Teaching for 21 years, Jennifer is bilingual in English and Spanish, and lives in Los Angeles.
East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy High School
East Los Angeles
Diana Shar is a social science teacher at East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy High School. Teaching for 11 years, she lives in Los Angeles.
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