Parents and students nominated their top choices for Orange County’s leading educators
Compiled by Stephanie Miles
The Whitworth School
Submitted by Karen Rosas, Parent
Carol Whitworth has dedicated her life to creating an ideal education environment. Her care factor alone supersedes that of any other teacher. She is a teacher, but also the founder of The Whitworth School. She comes in early, stays late, goes in on the weekends and lives and breathes education.
Tesoro High School
Submitted by Joanne Kline, Parent
Our lives would be so different if it weren’t for Keith Hancock. He has made such an incredible impact in all three of my childrens’ lives. My daughter had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall, which she will treasure for life, and my youngest son will continue music because of Mr. Hancock’s influence.
Laguna Niguel Elementary School
Submitted by Leigh Elkins, Parent
Mrs. Sweaney is organized, enthusiastic and methodical. She blends the “kid-focused” emphasis with an exposure to more mature learning and understanding of concepts. Her approach is ideal for the common core standards, offering new ways to organize information and what they learn about the world.
St. Jeanne De Lestonnac
Submitted by Michele Tassinari, Parent
Mrs. Annie Corcoran is the teacher who inspires her students to discover themselves academically, socially and artistically. She engages them by presenting learning opportunities by mixing tried-and-true techniques with digital tools. These are critical years and Mrs. Corcoran addresses her students as individuals.
Rosary High School
Submitted by Savanna Kim, Student
In room 202, you will find Miss Gavin teaching World History, Geography, American Studies and about the Holocaust. Miss Gavin taught me freshman year for World History, and this class was extremely enriching. Miss Gavin’s course has made me a versatile student and educated me in current global issues.
Castille Elementary School
Submitted by Samantha Thomas, Parent
Mrs. Werthmuller is full of positive energy. She encourages her kids to always try their best, challenge themselves and that it’s OK to make mistakes. As a parent, I find her approachable and open-minded. No concern goes unanswered and she helps parents find and utilize outside resources when needed.
Arroyo Vista Elementary School
Submitted by Kelli Mink, Parent
Creating a foundation of reassurance, structure and safety, Dana Buxton provided a classroom of wonder and imagination for my boys as they started Kindergarten. The strong love for learning that she provided has given them the confidence to continue their voyage. Thank you for making a difference.
Fred Newhart Middle School
Submitted by Yasemin Talay, Parent
Mr. Gosselin is a respected individual who started his career as an engineer and captain of a ship. He brings his wordly knowledge and is creating engineers in his class. For homework, the students had to come home and reteach a lesson. He has a different approach to teaching these kids and it’s working.
Landell Elementary School
Submitted by Kristen Loeffler, Student
You could call him a perfectionist or an overachiever, but I have one name for him: Dad. He raises a family and teaches us to work together and be grateful. His way of teaching makes the students want to be involved in his subjects and learn. Mr. Loeffler is not just my father, role model or my influence, he is my teacher.
Bathgate Elementary School
Submitted by Donna Sandidge, Parent
Ms. Horton teaches that emotional intelligence is as important as academic knowledge and that the destination is often the journey itself. Her focus fosters an independent and kinder student. She said that every student is a gift; some are beautifully wrapped and others have layers of packaging that must be peeled away until you get to the wonders inside.
Costa Mesa High School/Middle School
Submitted by Beth Copes, Parent
For eight years, my boys have been a part of the music program. I have watched Mr. Lindfors bring my boys through junior high and high school with a professional and direct firmness. Their responsibilities range from working as a team, the necessity of proper communication, showing up to performances and fundraisers as a mainstay of their grades.
Chaparral Elementary School
Submitted by Mariah Reyes, Parent
With the very intimidating transition from Kindergarten, my son was welcomed with a big smile from Mrs. Gauthier. Last year was one of the best years for my son because she would teach him the curriculum in creative ways and build up his self-confidence and ability to learn. We’re grateful for Mrs. Gauthier and for the impact she has made.
Aliso Viejo Middle School
Submitted by Doug Bowen, Student
Mr. Doug Wade has a gift of teaching that I feel so lucky to have been a part of. There are accomplishments that I achieved not only in athletics, but also as a person. Mr. Wade is doing what he was meant to do: teach kids. I will always be grateful to having the good fortune of being one of his students.
Submitted by Eleazar Elizondo, Parent
My son had some difficulty with his high-frequency words and Mrs. Elkins has continued to report his progress to me weekly. Such dedication has forced me to step up and spend more time with my son and his schoolwork. She is really helping my son get his educational career off on the right foot!
California Virtual Academies
Submitted by Jessica McCormack, Parent
Ms. Silvio engages in the academic discussion about my daughter’s work and progress as well as her extracurricular activities and hobbies. Ms. Silvio is professional but knows our family on a more personal level. She makes my daughter feel confident in her intelligence by talking to her with respect and kindness.
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