CNUSD Teachers of the Year 
2016-2017

Paul White
Paul White
Santiago High School
 
Paul teaches Chemistry at Santiago High School. He has taught for 29 years in CNUSD. He strives to take a difficult subject and present it in a way that is easy to understand and is engaging for his students. He makes it a priority to build trust and to make himself available to not only his students, but also all Chemistry students at Santiago. Paul states, "Chemistry has always had a reputation of being a foreign language to some; one of my main missions is to make kids realize that they are capable of way more than they may believe about themselves." Paul earned his Bachelor degree from California State University, San Bernardino.
 
Alissa Ramirez
Alissa Ramirez
Parkridge Elementary School 
 
Alissa teaches sixth grade at Parkridge Elementary School. She has taught for ten years in CNUSD. She believes that personal relationships in education are the foundation of all great outcomes in and outside of the classroom. She asserts that relationships provide trust, freedom for vulnerability, and understanding of shared needs and strengths, which lead to a shared vision. Creating personal connections with her students is her number one goal in the classroom. Through these connections she can challenge, inspire, empower and motivate every child. Alissa earned her Bachelor and Master Degrees from California Baptist University. 
 
George Giorgetti
George Giorgetti
Norco High School
 
George teaches choir at Norco High School. He has taught for 30 years in CNUSD. He believes that teaching is not a job, but a calling, and that it is important to find something good or positive about every student. He asserts that “there is no such thing as a student with special needs. They ALL have special needs.” He seeks to develop the amazing talent that each and every student brings to his classroom. He is very proud that many of his students attend college, and he has personally opened the door for over 50 students to attend Sterling College in Kansas on music scholarship. George earned his Bachelor Degree at Lindenwood University and his Master Degree at National University.
 
Amanda Sandoval
Amanda Sandoval
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
 
Amanda teaches History at Roosevelt High School. She has taught nine years in CNUSD. Her greatest passion lies in her commitment to provide high quality lessons to her students every time she steps inside the classroom. She holds both her students and herself to high expectations and devotes countless hours to develop engaging lessons that are both enjoyable and memorable. Strategies such as technology integration, simulations, document-based learning and SIOP have been essential in her endeavor to reach all students, especially her sheltered students. Amanda earned her Bachelor and Master Degrees at Cal Poly, Pomona. She also has the distinction of recently being named a State Finalist in the “Teacher of the Year” Competition.
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