The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District named Michael Moul of Los Altos High School its Teacher of the Year.
Moul is scheduled to be honored at the annual Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Teacher Recognition Celebration Oct. 2 at the Heritage Theater in Campbell. The Teacher of the Year event is the oldest and largest celebration of teachers in California, representing the highest local award given to classroom teachers selected by their respective school districts.
Moul has taught at Los Altos High for nine years. He graduated cum laude from Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and theater arts.
“There is no one who cares more or works harder for our students, our staff and our school as a whole than Michael Moul,” said Principal Wynne Satterwhite. “In his classroom, Mr. Moul commands attention and leads his class with power, humor and intelligence. He empowers his students, often as a quiet facilitator working on the fringes of the class as the students do the teaching in a fertile atmosphere of collaboration. He continuously reflects on his work, striving to improve his lessons, aware of the experience of each student.”
Satterwhite said Moul is quick to learn technology and help others with its implementation. She added that his contributions go beyond the classroom – he is involved with the school’s leadership team, the District Teachers Association, Camp Diversity, the Homework Club, the Skills Teams and Tahoe trips for at-risk students. She described him as a “staff spirit builder,” fan of the high school sports teams, referee for activities and a “last-minute fill-in for whatever the school needs.” He has also served as class adviser, Western Association of Schools and Colleges focus group leader and adviser to the award-winning student newspaper, The Talon.
“Michael Moul is truly a Los Altos High School treasure,” Satterwhite said.
“Mr. Moul’s dedication to his students is extraordinary,” said Talon Editor Zoe Morgan. “He is always willing to take the time to talk to students, often staying long after the school day is over. In Talon, he takes his role as adviser seriously and inspires the staff to produce the best paper we can. I honestly couldn’t imagine my four years at Los Altos without him.”
Moul received a standing ovation when participants at the recent Board of Trustees’ annual staff breakfast – school administrators and the board serve all members of the Los Altos High staff a breakfast – learned of his selection.
“I’m honored to receive this award,” Moul said. “There are lots of great teachers at Los Altos High who deserve it just as much as I do, and that makes LAHS a great place for students and staff members alike.”