LASD honors Teachers of the Year

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The Los Altos School District honored 10 instructors as Teachers of the Year at a ceremony March 31. Honorees included, from left, John Beeman, Linda Mooers, Pearl Garvin, Andrea Powers, Leslie Rainforth, Kim Nero, Amy Bayani, Can Huynh, Noirin Foy and Samantha Nguyen.

The Los Altos School District honored its Teachers of the Year last week, recognizing one teacher from each of its nine schools and an additional recipient who will earn Teacher of the Year designation from the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Superintendent Jeff Baier revealed the award recipients at a ceremony March 31.



Egan Junior High School eighth-grader Priya Dixit and Blach Intermediate School eighth-grader Trevor Lambertson qualified for the California State Geography Bee, scheduled Friday in Fresno.


Egan students challenge national record for altruism

Courtesy of Robert Freeman
The Egan Junior High School Student Body officers, above, organized a fundraiser to help eliminate neonatal tetanus from the planet. The group raised $1,757.

Robert Freeman is a teacher at Los Altos High School and founded the nonprofit One Dollar For Life.


Two local students selected as finalists in national Intel Science Talent Search

Courtesy of Harker School
Local Harker School seniors Steven Wang, left, and Rohith Kuditipudi earned finalist honors in the Intel Science Talent Search. The pair will join 40 other finalists in Washington, D.C., next month to compete for more than $1 million in prizes.

Two Harker School seniors, Rohith Kuditipudi of Los Altos and Steven Wang of Los Altos Hills, last month reached the finalist stage of the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search.

Kuditipudi and Wang join 40 other high school students from across the United States who will gather in Washington, D.C., in March for the final phase of the competition, with more than $1 million in cash prizes at stake.


Hannemann retires from MVLA board after 33 years

Town Crier File Photo
While serving as trustee on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board for 33 years, Los Altos resident Judy Hannemann fulfilled a number of duties, including presenting diplomas to graduates in 2012.

After 33 years of service on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees, Los Altos resident Judy Hannemann is set to retire this month.

The high school board recognized Hannemann’s tenure at its Nov. 24 meeting and placed a bench named in her honor outside the district offices.


St. Nicholas students collect pajamas

Courtesy of Julie Eng
St. Nicholas Catholic School sixth-graders, from left, Kate Forsman, Samantha Roos, Mia Puentes and Meghan Surdey advertise their pajama drive.

St. Nicholas Catholic School second- and sixth-graders paired up earlier this month to collect pajamas for those in need.

As families arrived at school for drop-off in the mornings, students waved signs advertising their efforts to collect the pajamas so that other children can stay warm during winter.


Local Courtyard by Marriott recognizes Los Altos teachers

The Los Altos Courtyard by Marriott honored 13 local teachers at the inaugural Cares and Shares Award celebration Oct. 16.

The Cares and Shares program recognizes teachers for their hard work, creativity and ability to demonstrate innovation in curriculum creation. The teachers each received $1,000 to be used in the classroom.


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