Carson resident among the top teachers
2012 California Teacher
Carson resident Florence Avognon was recently named a 2012 California Teacher of the year by California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
Avognon, who works under the auspices of the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) and teaches high school-level English at The Phoenix Academy, was one of five individuals presented with this honor.
“This honor is afforded to teachers who have demonstrated a special ability to connect with their students, a zest for the classroom, a genuine passion for an occupation that is so demanding yet oh so rewarding,” said Torlakson in a press release on the announcement.
A nine-year veteran with LACOE, Avognon works with teen substance abusers at The Phoenix Academy, which is a residential treatment program in Sylmar. She previously worked at the Central Juvenile Hall near downtown Los Angeles and has a total of 18 years of teaching experience.
“I have spent 18 years impressing upon students the need to develop their communities through developing themselves,” says Avognon, who recently discovered through her Facebook page just how deeply she had touched so many lives.
The Inglewood Unified School District became the first Southland school district in nearly 20 years to lose local control over its budget, causing California Governor Jerry Brown to approve an emergency loan of $55 million to keep it from going bankrupt and implement an immediate takeover of the school district’s administration.
The Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) voted on Wednesday night to cut salaries for classified employees and teachers by 15 percent. The district will attempt to implement these cuts as soon as possible.
“The Union will fight the illegal attempt to decrease hard working employees,” stated Christopher Graeber, field representative for the California Professional Employees Union, Local 2345. “Over the past years, custodians and other vital classified employees have been reduced. Enough is enough.”
Wright’s Community Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk and unemployed young adults in Los Angeles County. Donald Wright has provided his services to the community for more than 19 years, incorporating youth training in repairing copiers, printers, and processes involved with upgrading various computer hardware components and software.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Ten women and six men were recognized today as the “best of the best” among Los Angeles County’s nearly 75,000 K-12 public school educators.
Three Los Angeles Unified School District teachers made the cut. The others teach in Arcadia, Azusa, Bellflower, Burbank, Castaic, Palmdale, East Whittier, Manhattan Beach, Norwalk, San Marino and Torrance.
The winners span all grade levels and school subjects, and their experience levels vary widely.