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Cabrillo High School math and engineering teacher Kenneth Fisher is one of five recipients of the 2017 Carlston Family Foundation Outstanding Teachers of America Award.  The awards are given each year to exceptional California public high school teachers, nominated only by former students, who believe their teachers made a life-changing impact.

“From my conversations with Ken’s former students, it was exceptionally clear that his instructional skills and techniques, as well as his personal guidance, significantly contributed to both their academic and personal success,” said Timothy Allen, executive director of the foundation.  “They shared with me how he impacted their lives by giving of his personal time, sharing his passion for calculus and engineering, creating interesting and relevant lessons and activities to enhance his instruction, challenging them to always do their best work, and supporting them even when they did not believe in themselves.”

Shantel Brodhead, student success coordinator at Jordan High School, recently earned a year-long, $25,000 grant from the ECMC Foundation to support her efforts to close achievement gaps for African American students at the school.  Funds will go toward activities that encourage student involvement and leadership, provide effective instruction, high expectations and a comprehensive program of academic and social support.  In collaboration with existing support on campus, Brodhead will help to make sure students take advantage of college and career advising, psychological wellness counseling and other elements that build trusting relationships on campus.

Kat Tacea, teacher librarian at Lafayette Elementary School, wrote a grant that will bring $7,000 to the school from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.  The school was one of 160 selected nationwide.  Lafayette will use the funds to update dual immersion, Next Generation Science Standards and e-book materials.

Last year Tacea was named Teacher Librarian of the Year by the Long Beach School Librarians Association.  She also has earned National Board Certification.