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May 25, 2012 > Laura Retzlaff, Hayward Teacher of the Year

Laura Retzlaff, Hayward Teacher of the Year

Submitted By Irma Torres-Fitzsimons, Principal

Mrs. Laura Retzlaff has been selected by Hayward Unified School District as "Teacher of the Year." She is an educational leader in the truest sense of the word and is currently a third grade teacher at Burbank Elementary School. Mrs. Retzlaff approaches her students, parents, and her peers with grace and belief in their future success. Her students have a diverse array of challenges; yet, they are comforted by her modest presence that may include a simple touch on the shoulder, a smile, encouraging words, and a reminder that they are "all smart, capable, and successful students." This is the same ease by which she addresses parents and the community.

Mrs. Retzlaff's guidance, leadership, and dedication to educating, extends beyond the classroom. Her peers often come to her for advice, collaboration, and guidance with lesson planning, suggestions for challenging students and innovative ways to approach standards and develop new lessons. She has encouraged her peers to try new techniques and has humility about sharing her own experiences in challenging herself to grow as a professional and an individual.

Mrs. Retzlaff is an outstanding representation of what it means to be a professional teacher; she is a compassionate, selfless individual who believes that all students can achieve their fullest potential. To find all these qualities in one individual who has dedicated 25 years to the profession of teaching is a gift to the community she serves.

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