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LAGUNA BEACH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
CONTACT: ANAKAREN URENO
(949) 497-7700 EXT. 5317
May 21, 2019
Laguna Beach Unified School District names 2018-19 employees of the year
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. - Steve Sogo, a science teacher at Laguna Beach High School, was selected as the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year. Additionally, Nikki Romano, library media specialist at Top of the World Elementary (TOW), was selected as the Classified Employee of the Year for the district. They will be recognized at the school board meeting on May 28 at 6 p.m.
Sogo will be recognized at the Orange County Department of Education Teacher of the Year (TOTY) banquet in November at the Disneyland Hotel, which celebrates outstanding teachers in Orange County.
“Steve has led the Science department for a number of years and is amazingly knowledgeable in the content area,” said Laguna Beach High School Principal Dr. Jason Allemann. He continued, “Steve creates an environment where students are able to apply sound lab practices to their learning experiences that deal with current and real-life issues and challenges.”
Presented by California Casualty, the California Department of Education and the Classified School Employees Association, the Classified School Employees of the Year Program highlights the contributions of classified school employees who support more than six million public school students from preschool through grade twelve in California.
“Nikki is a ray of light on TOW’s campus,” said Top of the World Elementary School Principal Michael Conlon. “She has built such warm working relationships with staff, parents, and students. Nikki goes above and beyond to help out around campus and I am so thankful to have her as part of the TOW family,” he concluded.
The school district will also recognize Classified Employee of the Year winners in specific categories including Linda Butler-Stoll, child nutrition; Kelli Merda, office and technical support; and Heidi Winegard, support services and security.
The winners were selected through a district-wide nomination and voting process that was open to all classified school employees.
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