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California Credit Union and Los Angeles Unified School District Announce 2018 "Rookie of the Year" Teacher Awards


California Credit Union and Los Angeles Unified School District Announce 2018 "Rookie of the Year" Teacher Awards

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GLENDALE, Calif., Aug. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- California Credit Union, in partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), recently honored 18 LAUSD teachers through its annual Rookie of the Year program. California Credit Union, which has served the education community with premier financial services for more than eight decades, created the Rookie of the Year program in 2015 to recognize first year teachers within the greater Los Angeles community.

California Credit Union and Los Angeles Unified School District celebrate

The 2018 Rookie of the Year teachers were selected based on key characteristics, including effectiveness in preparing and delivering instruction, providing a positive classroom climate with strong routines and procedures, adopting a dynamic and engaging teaching style, and showing high levels of professionalism.

"We are proud to honor each of the 2018 LAUSD Rookies of the Year for their outstanding commitment to finding creative ways to engage and educate their students," said California Credit Union CEO Steve O'Connell. "There's no question that teachers have a life-changing impact on their students, and we have the greatest respect for the commitment and passion of these new educators. We want to thank each of these new teachers, and congratulate them on a wonderful start to their career."

Representing elementary, middle and high schools throughout the greater Los Angeles area, the LAUSD 2018 Rookies of the Year are:




Evelyn Amez

New Open World Academy

Los Angeles

Lauren Cantu

San Gabriel Elementary School

South Gate

Monica Flores

Camellia Elementary School

North Hollywood

Gina Gray

Dymally High School

Los Angeles

Ramon Jacinto

San Fernando Middle School,

San Fernando

Sara Kert

Delevan Drive Elementary School

Los Angeles

Christopher Liberatori

Paul Revere Middle School

Los Angeles

Samantha Masti

Dominguez Elementary School


Brooke Moral

Roy Romer Middle School

North Hollywood

Yolanda Murillo

Wisdom Elementary School

Los Angeles

Osvaldo Noriega

Legacy VAPA High School

South Gate

Kristofer Ornelas

Grover Cleveland Charter High School


Amelia Peck

Valley Alternative Magnet Span School

Lake Balboa

Gabriela Rincon

Maywood Center for Enriched Studies Magnet


Marc Sahara

Los Angeles High School

Los Angeles

Charles Taylor

Burbank Middle School

Los Angeles

Arian White

Baldwin Hills Gifted/High Ability Magnet

Los Angeles

Dorothy Wms-Kohlmeyer

Patrick Henry VPA Magnet Middle School

Granada Hills

LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner said, "Our Rookies of the Year have selected an honorable profession that gives young people the strength and courage to learn and embrace lifelong learning. I hope our amazing honorees will be with the District for many years to come."

On August 5th, California Credit Union hosted this year's 18 winners during a private ceremony at the Staples Center Rooftop Terrace attended by LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner, local district representatives, school principals and guests. The Rookies of the Year were then recognized on-court during the Los Angeles Sparks basketball pre-game activities.

California Credit Union created the Rookie of the Year program in partnership with LAUSD to acknowledge first-year teachers who have shown exemplary commitment to education. Teachers are nominated by school administrators, and winners are selected by a LAUSD committee and a credit union representative. Since the program began in 2015, California Credit Union has recognized 77 LAUSD teachers as a Rookie of the Year.

About California Credit Union
California Credit Union is a federally insured, state chartered credit union founded in 1933 that serves public or private school employees, community members and businesses across California. With more than 165,000 members and assets of $3 billion, California Credit Union has 24 branches throughout Los Angeles and San Diego counties. The credit union operates in San Diego County as North Island Credit Union, a division of California Credit Union. California Credit Union offers a full suite of consumer, business and investment products and services, including comprehensive consumer checking and loan options, personalized financial planning, business banking, and leading-edge online and mobile banking. Please visit for more information.


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