On Wednesday we will celebrate the 25thannual Teachers of Excellence Award Program together with the Pasadena Unified School District. The program's genesis was the product of hard work and dedication on the part of Pasadena Rotary's honored members, Joe Lonergan, celebrating his 55th year with our club, Al Lowe, and Christle Balvin, among others. They were inspired by the story of Jaime Escalante,the charismatic former East Los Angeles high school teacher who taught the nation that inner-city students could master subjects as demanding as calculus.
This year we will honor the following PUSD teachers. Jennifer Boynton Franklin - Elementary School, Russ Wong Blair - High School, Armenui Manasarian - Washington Magnet, Kristyn Webster - Hamilton Elementary, and Arlene Robles-Fernandez - Norma Coombs
The goal of the program is to foster and encourage excellence in teaching and dedication to education in the Pasadena Unified School District. In addition, Rotary wishes to demonstrate in a concrete way that the community cares about the quality of public schools by conducting a competition to select those exceptional teachers that deserve special recognition.
With funding, primarily from the Pasadena Rotary Foundation, as well as the club's budget, and contributions from individual members, awards of $1,500.00 per teacher are given each year to five teachers from the Pasadena Unified School District. In addition, awards of $500.00 are presented to each recipient's school. As a special part of the event, videos of classroom activity will be shown for each teacher. Finally, we ensure that the recipients are represented in all three levels PUSD, Elementary School, Middle School and High School.