Holtville High School teacher Andara McDonald has been awarded a Western States Communication Association award.
The WSCA model teaching program award was presented to McDonald at the WSCA convention in Long Beach on March 4.
WSCA is a non-profit organization made up of professionals involved in communication in education.
According to McDonald, when Holtville High was chosen to participate in California's immediate intervention program for underperforming schools two years ago, there was immediate recognition of a deficiency in English language arts.
McDonald, who has been teaching at Holtville High for 30 years and is director of forensics, was instrumental in developing a series of oral communication lesson plans for students to help address this deficiency.