Monday, January 27, 2014 — Parenting OC Magazine has announced the finalists and the Top Teacher of the first Annual Top Teachers of Orange County survey. Elizabeth Catron of Marjoree Veeh Elementary was named the top teacher, and she will be featured on the cover of the February edition of Parenting OC Magazine, to be available beginning February 3.
Over 150 teachers were nominated by schools, parents and students alike, citing qualities such as “devoted,” “inspiring” and “innovative.” The teachers with the most nominations were then reviewed by the Editorial Department, assuring quality and variety. Public schools, private schools and alternative education schools were represented.
John Baker of San Juan Hills High School, one of 25 teachers who will be featured in the February issue, replied “Being recognized in this way is humbling. In truth I am just one of thousands of teaching professionals in OC who wake up every day inspired by the opportunity to empower my students.”
Randall Tierney, the Publisher of Parenting OC Magazine, said, “We felt it was time to honor the teachers of Orange County, and we wanted to include the entire community in doing so. We were pleased to see that so many people responded. We expected that from the schools, but we were excited to receive over 150 responses from families of Orange County.”
2014 Top Teacher: Elizabeth Catron
“I am greatly honored to be chosen for this title. It is such an amazing feeling to be chosen for something that I love to do.”
— Elizabeth Catron
Marjorie Veeh Elementary School | Tustin | 5th Grade
Awards: Good Idea Award from Tustin/Santa Ana Rotary Club and 2012 Veeh Teacher of the Year
“Ms. Catron is passionate about education and ensuring that her students not only learn Math and Language Arts, but also learn to believe in themselves. Since being on the Veeh campus, Ms. Catron has started Student Council, coached girls’ and boys’ volleyball and started a recycling club. There isn’t a day that goes by that Elizabeth doesn’t make a positive impact on the campus,” said Ryan Bollenbach, Veeh Principal. “Ms. Catron has written several grants to benefit the students at Veeh. Last year, she has received a ‘Good Idea’ award from the Tustin/Santa Ana Rotary Club and started an afterschool Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) class for Veeh students. Elizabeth has also received a Tustin Public Schools Foundation (TPSF) grant for recycling and a Donors Choose grant for thesauruses. She is spreading her wealth of knowledge and her enthusiasm for teaching and learning. Last year, her colleagues recognized Ms. Catron as Veeh’s Teacher of the Year.”
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