Mira Costa Teacher Named L.A. County Teacher of the YearSep 26, 2022 10:22PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Nielsen, center, is honored by the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
L.A. County Teachers of the Year is Largest Such Competition
The 16 were selected from a field of 66 teachers representing 62
school districts who participated in the competition.
In addition to being interviewed, contestants submitted essays,
lesson plans and other materials to judging panels comprised of previous
teachers of the year. At all levels, teachers of the year contests are
designed to focus public attention on teaching excellence and to honor
the exemplary dedication, compelling classroom practices, positive
accomplishments and professional commitment.
"The teaching profession is integral to the fabric of our society; that
has been more evident than ever in recent years when more than 140,000
U.S. children have lost a primary or secondary caregiver due to the
COVID-19 pandemic," said Los Angeles County Superintendent Debra Duardo in a statement. "One of the few consistencies for children during
unprecedented times has been the connection with their teacher and
classmates. Teachers have sustained students and families with their
incredible capacity to nurture and empathize with the tragedies our
students often confront. It is one of the greatest honors of our office
to recognize some of the most exceptional educators in our county."
The five California Teachers of the Year will be named in October, but only one of those five will be chosen to represent California in the National Teacher of the Year contest next spring.
The Los Angeles County Office of Education, headquartered in Downey,
is the nation’s largest regional education agency, providing a range of
programs and services to support the region’s 80 K-12 school districts
and two million preschool and school-age children.