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Fremont names Teacher of the Year

By Miriam G. Mazliach

May 22, 2012

Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) selected Kennedy High School teacher, Jennifer Teguia, as “Teacher of the Year,” during a special reception held on May 8, at the District office.

Besides Teguia, the other teachers who had been nominated were: Maria Keiko Uriu, Ardenwood Elementary; Sherri Swinney, Blacow Elementary; Tammy Pachote, Brier Elementary; Denise Mapelli, Brookvale Elementary; Sanyukta Jain, Cabrillo Elementary; Connie Kellogg, Chadbourne Elementary; Karen Brandon, Forest Park Elementary; Mary Rodriggs, Glenmoor Elementary; Teresa Silva, Grimmer Elementary; Donna Keller, Hirsch Elementary; Paul Ricks, Hopkins Jr. High; Rafael Padron, Horner Jr. High; Judy Schebetta, Leitch Elementary; Melissa Maddon, Mattos Elementary; Monica Kraft, Mission San Jose High; Maria Lin, Niles Elementary; Christine Wilson, Oliveira Elementary; Drinda Imhoff, Thornton Jr. High; and Susan Kontich, Walters Jr. High.

While addressing the teachers, Superintendent Dr. James Morris stated, “I have profound respect for the work you do on behalf of our students. A high quality education is the cornerstone of democracy. What you do changes the world on a daily basis,” added Morris.

Teguia, who teaches 9th and 10th grade English and Green Ventures Academy as well as serving as the English Department Chair and Academic Literacy Coordinator, was gratified by her recognition. “I’m very honored. I have dedicated my life to teaching and to my students. There isn’t a time for me to relax my focus—my kids deserve an education,” she said.

Principal Thomas Hanson of Kennedy High, who had nominated Teguia remarked, “She’s well known by the district staff and her peers who recognize that she is a teacher of the highest quality. We couldn’t be happier. She is very, very, deserving and we congratulate her! She has integrated technology and content, literacy skills at a very high level and works tirelessly to create an environment where kids build intelligence and academic potential. She is exceptional,” Hanson declared.

This is Teguia’s twelfth year of teaching and her eighth at Kennedy High School.

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