Students, parents, staff and community members gathered in the multipurpose room of Stonegate Elementary School Wednesday to dedicate Irvine Unified's newest campus, which opened in September.
Paul Mills, IUSD’s longtime director of Alternative and Adult Education, has been named an Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators. Mills, who also serves as principal of Creekside High School, was nominated for the honor in the category of “continuation/educational options administrator” for ACSA’s Region 17, which includes Orange County. He’ll go on to compete for the same recognition at the state level.
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.