By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) — Lakeview Leadership Academy teacher Andrea Gonzalez was named the 2015-16 California League of Middle Schools Region 10 Educator of the Year.
Gonzalez, an eighth-grade language arts and social studies teacher at Lakeview Leadership Academy as well as the school’s AVID coordinator, was among 11 teachers nominated for the award and one of two from the High Desert (Hesperia Unified’s Janet Orloski was also nominated).
“I was definitely surprised,” said Gonzalez, 32, who was one of the younger nominees. “I expected someone else (to win the top honor). I have a lot of years ahead of me. But don’t get me wrong; I appreciate everything here tonight.”
Each nominee gave a speech with their own intro music; Gonzalez chose “Eye of the Tiger” from “Rocky III” and compared the determination of a teacher to that of a prize fighter. At the end of Monday’s ceremony at the Riverside Marriott, Gonzalez drew a standing ovation and boisterous cheers from the Victor Valley Union High School District contingent, which included the district’s top administrators and three board members.
“Andrea exemplifies the outstanding teachers we have in our district, and we wish her the very best, not only as the Region 10 award winner, but as she goes on to compete at the state level,” said Superintendent Ron Williams.
Dr. Williams was accompanied by Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Dr. Ratmony Yee along with board members Lisa Crosby, Penny Edmiston and Barbara Dew.
Gonzalez will be in the running to win the CLMS statewide Educator of the Year award in Sacramento at the organization’s annual conference Feb. 26-28.
Gonzalez, who has taught at the school for eight years, was nominated by Lakeview Principal Lonnie Keeter, who also attended and accompanied her to the stage.
“I nominated her because she has the ability to bring the fullest potential out in all students, and that is not seen in very many teachers,” Keeter said. “She assists her students toward a path in life and allows them to feel their worth along the way. It’s a privilege to be her principal.”