University High Athletic Director Mark Cunningham has been named a 2009-10 CIF Model Coach Award winner – a distinction earned by only 13 coaches in the state. The California Interscholastic Federation's Model Coach Award program annually honors coaches who have served as positive role models and exhibited the traits outlined in the CIF's 16 principles of Pursuing Victory with Honor. Nominees for the award were selected through their local CIF Section offices.
And IUSD's High School Teacher of the Year is ... Jeanne Jelnick, the popular English teacher at Uni. With her husband, Jerry, in attendance, Jelnick learned of the honor in the staff lounge, where she and her colleagues had gathered for an announcement. Afterward, she sought to share the praise with her fellow Uni teachers.
Connie Fritsch, a second-grade teacher at Northwood Elementary School, has just been named IUSD's Elementary Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Fritsch was surprised with the good news during Northwood's morning announcements on the blacktop, where she was met by her husband, former IUSD Principal Ron Fritsch; her two sons, Thad and Garret Martin; her daughter-in-law, Laurie Martin; and three grandchildren.
You'll find out very soon. The Exchange Club of Irvine, the Irvine Teachers Association and the Irvine Unified School District have selected a trio of top educators to receive Teacher of the Year honors for 2009-10. Today, we're surprising each of the honorees at their schools.
A University High School senior has been named a semifinalist in the annual Intel Science Talent Search, America’s oldest and most prestigious high school science competition. Sumit Mitra is among 300 seniors from 175 high schools across the country to advance in this year’s contest. He and the other semifinalists will each receive a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation, with an additional $1,000 going to their respective schools.
In case you missed it, a University High student recently achieved perfection on the SAT. Hope Xu, a junior at Uni, accomplished what less than 0.02 percent of test-taking seniors did last year, posting a flawless 2400 on the college entrance exam. The Orange County Register has the story here.
This morning, the County Board of Education honored Rancho San Joaquin Middle School Principal Scott Bowman for his efforts in the 2009 Governor’s Challenge competition, which encouraged students, parents and staff to get active and fit.