UCLA Students and Alumni Honored as “Teachers to Watch in 2014”

Nine educators from TEP, PLI, and the UCLA Writing Project were selected by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

The United Way of Greater Los Angeles has selected nine students, alumni, and other members of the UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies community as “Teachers to Watch in 2014. A total of 25 educators and administrators across the Los Angeles Unified School District, who demonstrated a commitment to education above and beyond basic instruction, were named to the list.

“We are so proud to have supported these educators on their journey,” says Karen Hunter Quartz, director of research at UCLA’s Center X and UCLA Community School. “These honored educators exemplify the core work and mission of Center X; they transform public schooling, and they do so by engaging with several of our programs to create a more just, equitable, and humane society.”

UCLA alumni Cynthia Castillo, Emily Grijalva (TEP), Eduardo Lopez, and Jorge Lopez (TEP) were named to this year’s group. Also selected was Lisa Quon Heinsen, a current student in the Principal Leadership Institute and a UCLA Writing Project (WP) Fellow; as well as UCLA WP Fellows Daniel Buccieri, Miguel Covarrubias, and Mark Gozonsky. IMPACT Mentor Marine Yanikian-Sutton represented UCLA as well.

The 25 honorees were recognized at the United Way’s First Annual Inspirational Teacher Awards at the Disney Concert Hall on Jan. 23, with community and city leaders including L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy. Along with the award, each educator won several prizes from local and national corporate and nonprofit supporters of education, including Target, the L.A. Philharmonic and LACMA.

“Educational reform that ensures student success happens at the front lines of their classrooms and in their school communities,” says Annamarie Francois, director, TEP. “We are very proud of the transformative work these accomplished educators are engaged in through their teaching and leadership.”

For a full bio of the United Way’s “Teachers to Watch in 2014,” click here.

For Univision’s coverage of the United Way’s First Annual Inspirational Teacher Awards. click here.