Local Educators Are Named Teachers of the Year

First published in the Oct. 1 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.

Photo courtesy SPUSD Superintendent Geoff Yantz, honoree and Monterey Hills Elementary School kindergarten teacher Christina Torres and Monterey Hills Principal Laurie Narro celebrate at the 40th annual Los Angeles County Office of Education Teachers of the Year Awards banquet.

Christina Torres, a kindergarten teacher at Monterey Hills Elementary School, was recently recognized as the South Pasadena Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year at an awards ceremony on Sept. 24. The event honored all awardees from Los Angeles County school districts.
The ceremony was held at the Universal City Hilton, which brought together each of the 56 Teachers of the Year honorees from 52 of the county’s public school districts and ultimately named the Teachers of the Year to represent L.A. County in the statewide competition.
In addition to Torres, SPUSD had named Arroyo Vista Elementary School’s 4th-grade teacher Sharon Reed, Marengo Elementary School’s 2nd-grade teacher Kristen Kato, South Pasadena Middle School’s English teacher Julie Ryu and South Pasadena High School’s English teacher Katy Jaroch as the district’s teachers of the year.
“This year, SPUSD recognized outstanding school site teachers of the year for their care, compassion, and ingenuity in both their virtual and in-person classrooms,” the district said in a statement. “This competition is designed to focus public attention on teaching excellence and to honor exemplary dedication and professional commitment.”