CLICK HERE: Meet our 2014-2015 Teachers of the Year!
NEWS Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 880 S. Lemon Avenue
October 26, 2015 Walnut, CA 91789
Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909)595-1261 ext. 31204
Honoring Walnut Valley’s Best Teachers
WALNUT, CA—Fourteen of Walnut Valley USD’s finest educators were honored during the 18th annual Salute to Teachers on October 21.
The 2014-2015 Teachers of the Year from each site were chosen for putting “Kids First” each and every day.
Over 300 teachers, staff, family, and friends gathered for the celebration of excellence held at the Diamond Bar High School Theater.
Congratulations to the following Teachers of the Year: Judy Ameluxen – Castle Rock Elementary, Jeanette Hooton – Chaparral Middle School, Jennifer Veneracion – CJ Morris Elementary, Sherry Truong – Collegewood Elementary, Mabel Woken – Evergreen Elementary, Howard Alcosser – Diamond Bar High, Eunice Lee – Maple Hill Elementary, Anna Chung – Quail Summit Elementary, Judy Olmos – South Pointe Middle School, Marla Rickard – Suzanne Middle School, Pam Acosta – Vejar Elementary, Deanne Rodriguez – Walnut Elementary, Dr. Buddy Clements – Walnut High School, and Hyeyon Park – Westhoff Elementary.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor recognized the dedicated group of educators and commended them for the work they do every day to support students.
“This is an opportunity not only to recognize our 14 Teachers of the Year, but to recognize our entire teaching staff throughout our District. I want to thank our teachers for what they do every day!”
Fifth grade teacher Jennifer Veneracion was named the 2015 District Teacher of the Year at the culmination of the program.
“Teachers do their best to make sure that no one is left behind,” she said, noting time spent before and after school, prep periods, and lunch recesses working with children who are struggling.
“They are enthusiastic, they modify lessons, they sing, dance, play, integrate technology, and even dress in costume.”
“You name it, they do it - all to help ensure students are engaged and learning,” she stated.
The recognition event included personalized tributes and awards and student entertainment by the DBHS Solitaire advanced women’s choir under the direction of Patti Breitag.
Each Teacher of the Year received a personalized golden apple bell award courtesy of the Walnut Valley Educational Foundation. Honorees received rolling carts filled with gift cards, school supplies and certificates of achievement from Congressman Ed Royce, Senator Bob Huff, Assembly Member Ling Ling Chang, Supervisor Hilda Solis, City of Diamond Bar, and City of City of Walnut.
A special thanks to our event sponsors Chick-fil-A, Benihana Restaurant, Schools First Federal Credit Union, Chaffey Federal Credit Union, BB & T Insurance Services, Staples, ESR Construction, Maintex, P-Line Consulting, Roule Construction, and WVUSD Educational Services Department.
Veneracion was presented with an engraved award and additional gifts including a weekend getaway and ergonomic workstation.
She told the audience that she was “honored and thankful” to be among the 2015 Teachers of the Year.
“I know that these teachers we are honoring today are part of many success stories of students in our District.”
Saluting top teachers! Walnut Valley honored the 2014-15 Teachers of the Year during Salute to Teachers held on October 21. Shown: Eunice Lee, Pam Acosta, Hyeyon Park, Marla Rickard, Jennifer Veneracion, Anna Chung, Sherry Truong, Jennifer Hooton. Back Row: Deanne Rodriguez, Mabel Woken, Judy Ameluxen, Judy Olmos, and Dr. Buddy Clements.
Walnut Valley Unified School District honored the 2014-15 Teachers of the Year during Salute to Teachers held on October 21. Shown: Eunice Lee, Pam Acosta, Hyeyon Park, Marla Rickard, Jennifer Veneracion, Anna Chung, Sherry Truong, Jennifer Hooton. Back Row: Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor, Board Member Dr. Tony Torng, Deanne Rodriguez, Board Member Helen Hall, Mabel Woken, Judy Ameluxen, Judy Olmos, Dr. Buddy Clements, Board Member Cindy Ruiz and Board Member Larry Redinger.
Jennifer Veneracion was named the 2015 District Teacher of the Year during Salute to Teachers on October 21.
Also shown with: Dr. Robert Taylor, Board Members Cindy Ruiz, Dr. Tony Torng, and Larry Redinger.