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Gina Ortega

Position: First Grade Teacher School: SOAR Charter Academy School District: San Bernardino City Unified School District City, State: San Bernardino, California About the Nominee: Gina Ortega was nominated by her school's HR director, Tammi Fort. SOAR Charter Academy has been in operation since 2008. Right from the beginning, Ms. Ortega was a part of the […]

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Darren Jackson

Position: Varsity Girl's Basketball Coach School: North Salinas High School School District: Salinas Union High School District City, State: Salinas, California About the Nominee: Darren Jackson was nominated by his spouse, C. Melissa Jackson. Coach Jackson has been the varsity girls' basketball coach for the past 17 years and has amassed over 350 wins during […]

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Martha Infante

Position: Seventh Grade World History Teacher / GATE Coordinator School: Los Angeles Academy Middle School School District: Los Angeles Unified School District City, State: Los Angeles, California About the Nominee: Martha Infante was nominated by a colleague, Jennifer Mickey. Many would describe Ms. Infante as a Life Changer for the work she has done at […]

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Darryl Newhouse

Position: Mathematics-Career Technical Education Teacher, grades 6-12 School: Foshay Learning Center School District: Los Angeles Unified School District City, State: Los Angeles, California About the Nominee: Darryl Newhouse was nominated by a student, Jason Mares. Mr. Newhouse teaches at-risk students from inner-city South Los Angeles. About 82% of the families in the neighborhood he teaches […]

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Ben Stanton

Position: Art Teacher School: Ralph Bunche Elementary School School District: Compton Unified School District City, State: Carson, California About the Nominee: Ben Stanton was nominated by a friend, Marie Cammack. For many students in Compton Unified School District, Mr. Stanton's art class is usually the first art class they've been offered. This art class, however, […]