Congratulations to all the CUSD Teacher of the Year nominees

Capistrano Unified recently surprised the districtwide 2020-2021 Teachers of the Year on their campuses.

Each year, just one teacher at each of CUSD’s 63 school sites to become a school Teacher of the Year. From those 63, three teachers are chosen to be honored with the district Teacher of the Year designation at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

The three top Teachers of the Year go on as nominees for the county wide Teacher of the Year awards, chosen by the Orange County Department of Education. Those three winning teachers will go on to compete at the state level.

Photos and video from the CUSD 2021 Teachers of the Year surprise visits are linked below:

Elementary Teacher of the Year: Ann Berger, Esencia K8 School

Middle School Teacher of the Year: Margaret Dubel, Vista del Mar Middle School

High School Teacher of the Year: Marguerite Westling, San Clemente High School

The Capistrano Unified teachers are chosen by a panel that includes the Capistrano Unified Education Association, former Teachers of the Year, administrators from all levels, and Capistrano Unified School District staff members. The school Teachers of the Year must fill out an application, respond to four essay questions, and provide their resume and two letters of recommendation. The questions ask teachers to describe their community service activities, personal teaching philosophy, describe the major issues in public education and provide a possible resolution, and describe their greatest accomplishment in education.

The district would like to congratulate all the amazing teachers who received the Teacher of the Year award at their school sites!

School Teacher of the Year
Harold Ambuehl Elementary School Ashlee Stegen
Arroyo Vista Elementary School Rosie McMackin
Bathgate Elementary School Bathgate Educators
Truman Benedict Elementary School Ami Lawrence
Marian Bergeson Elementary School Cynthia Chang
Canyon Vista Elementary School Julie Robertson
Castille Elementary School Amy Brown
Chaparral Elementary School Luciana Laszewski
Concordia Elementary School Jamie Hobson
R.H. Dana Elementary School Shirley Poster
R.H. Dana ENF Susan Butler
Del Obispo Elementary School Natasha Stumpf
Don Juan Avila Elementary School Leigh Devlin
Esencia Preschool-8 School Ann Berger
Hankey K8 Academy Jolene  A. Smith
Hidden Hills Elementary School Morgan Miyazono
Kinoshita Elementary School Rosalee Rodda
Ladera Ranch Elementary School Carrie Agyekum
Laguna Niguel Elementary School Deanna Roulinavage
Las Flores Elementary School Heather Trudeau
Las Palmas Elementary School Barbara Jamarillo
Clarence Lobo Elementary School Julie Kulek
John S. Malcom Elementary School Todd Hoffman
Marblehead Elementary School Kelly Heard
Moulton Elementary School Sandra Okugawa
Elementary Music Samantha Gossage
Oak Grove Elementary School Tricia Johnson
Oso Grande Elementary School Teri Carney
Palisades Elementary School Kim Van Dixhorn
Philip Reilly Elementary School Jennifer A. Peterson
San Juan Elementary School Josie Beagle
Tijeras Creek Elementary School Jennifer Lester
Viejo Elementary School Liliana Corona
Vista Del Mar Elementary School Heatherann Kaczmarczyk
Wagon Wheel Elementary School Jenifer Coulston
George White Elementary School Charles Massaro
Wood Canyon Elementary School Karli Vislay
Aliso Viejo  Middle School Sara Karimi-Hosseini
Arroyo Vista  Middle School Donna Haffner
Bernice Ayer  Middle School Stacy Gerken
Don Juan Avila  Middle School Katie Nicol
Esencia Preschool-8 School Ryan Jesch
Hankey K8 Academy Lauren Reid
Ladera Ranch  Middle School Elizabeth McGraw
Las Flores Middle School Lynn Pagano
Marco Forster Middle School Erik Nelson
Fred Newhart  Middle School Elizabeth Lewis
Niguel Hills  Middle School Gabriella Cullum
Shorecliffs  Middle School Nico Wirtz
Vista Del Mar Elementary School Margaret Dubel
Aliso Niguel High School Paul Biggs
Capistrano Valley High School Cheryl A. Johnson
Dana Hills High School Katrina Streza
San Clemente High School Marguerite Westling
San Juan Hills High School Jamie Gonzalez
Tesoro High School William Busenkell
Serra & Fresh Start Ryan Talafus
Cal Prep/Capo Virtual School Melissa Cotton
Adult Transition Program Lana Selecman

*Bathgate Elementary did not recognize just one teacher this year, as they are all Teachers of the Year this year.

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