“We are humbled by this recognition,” says Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco. “It is a tribute to the extraordinary collective work of our world-renowned scholars, our amazing staff, and our students — the next generation of engaged, optimist Bruins taking their GSE&IS tools to make the world a better place. While it is important to keep these rankings in perspective, we are both gratified and grateful for the honor.”
Andrew Gutierrez almost did not graduate from high school because a teacher wrongfully told him and other students of color that they did not meet graduation requirements. Now, he teaches middle school students about racial and ethnic history and empowerment in an ethnic studies program he helped pioneer.
UCLA Teacher Education Program Professor Jeff Share advises K-12 teachers on how to educate students in critical media literacy. He teaches critical media literacy courses at UCLA, where he trains current and future K-12 teachers in ways to show students how to deconstruct media, create their own alternative messages and separate fake news from facts.
The public Mann UCLA Community School in South Los Angeles is envisioned as a cornerstone for a rigorous, personalized college-prep education. UCLA and LAUSD are collaborating to design the school, which aims to expand the current Horace Mann Middle School and reverse years of declining enrollment there.
“I am very honored to get the recognition, and I’m happy that my school gets an award, too,” Yom said. “I genuinely think that it is my students who have made me what I am. It is them who make me shine.” Over the last four years, all of Yom’s calculus students at Lincoln High School have passed the AP exam, nearly all of them earning maximum credit on the test.
TEP Grad Eduardo Lopez Honored by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
For the past decade he has taught at Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School (RHS), located in East Los Angeles. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and Social Science educator. Early in his profession, Eduardo realized that in order to have a lasting impact on students he needed to form partnerships that went beyond the four walls of his classroom.
Seven graduates from Center X’s signature Teacher Education Program were recognized by Superintendent King as exceptional educators. Israel Bautista, Monique Brusca, Maria Debuque, Natalie Elliott, Shannon Garrison, Gabriela Spilman, and Anthony Yom were recognized at a luncheon and awards ceremony on August 11.
Tyler Sherman, Science teacher at West Adams Prep High School, was selected as an LAUSD Teacher Rookie of the Year for his outstanding service to the students of LAUSD during his first year of teaching.