4 administrators, 5 teachers recognized at awards ceremony

March 29, 2001|By LAURA MACKENZIE, Staff Writer

The Association of California School Administrators hosted a reception for the administrators and teachers of the year award recipients at Jacques 'N Jills Health Club in El Centro on Wednesday.

Five Imperial Valley teachers and four administrators were recognized for the region, which includes the Imperial Valley and San Diego.

Sally Van Winkle, a teacher at the Imperial Valley Center for Exceptional Children, was honored for her efforts with autistic children. Van Winkle was described as a teacher who would "do anything needed to help her students."

Ronette Jones, special education teacher at Brawley Union High School, was awarded for her work.

Jodi Johnson of Aurora High School in Calexico was described by her principal, Dan Plough, as being a teacher with imagination who demonstrated to the students their importance.

Plough said Johnson is "someone who helped students to know they were needed and that teachers cared about their success."


Joyce Gray was honored for returning to teaching after being retired because of her passion for the students and music. Gray teaches part-time at Seeley and at McCabe schools.

Central Union High School teacher John Briggs received a teacher of the year award for his excellence in the math department.

"We wanted to show the teachers that we value them," said Judy Maurice, president of the Imperial Valley Chapter of the Association of California Schools and Administrators.

Administrators recognized were Brawley Elementary School District Assistant Superintendent Norma Kelly, Westside Elementary School Principal Nancy Rood, David Schoneman, director of alternative education for the Imperial County Office of Education, and El Centro Elementary School District Superintendent Michael Klentschy.

"It is remarkable that we had all of these people recognized," said Maurice.

"The Association of California Schools and Administrators is delighted to be honoring the excellence in our profession, both the teachers and the administrators," said Maurice.

Teachers were given $100 gift certificates to the Book Nook and administrators were presented with special gifts.

The administrators and teachers were recognized by the regional association during a reception in San Diego earlier this month.

Staff Writer Laura MacKenzie can be reached at 337-3442.

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