The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) announced on Friday the 16 County Teachers of the Year, who represent the best among the 75,000 K-12 educators of our county.
The top 16 were presented by LACOE Superintendent Debra Duardo on Sept. 16 at the Hilton Universal City as outstanding educators who have served with praiseworthy distinction.
Judged as the county’s top public school teachers for this academic year, they will serve as standard-bearers for the teaching profession countywide.
In addition to the 16 selected, 57 were selected as LA County District Teachers of the Year. The top 16 are comprised of 14 women and two men. They represent the profession’s elite from a total pool of about 75,000 teachers countywide.
One of those selected was Arcadia Unified School District’s Renee Costarella.
She teaches at Camino Grove Elementary School, specializing as a coach in reading intervention.
Costarella employs numerous teaching resources to help her students overcome educational barriers, particularly with reading and writing.
Google Type, for instance, allowed one of her handwriting-challenged fourth graders to access his thoughts, make them legible, and now show proficiency in writing.