CNUSD Teachers of the Year
Raney Intermediate School
Arronda is a 6th grade Language Arts and Socials Studies teacher at Raney Intermediate. She has taught a total of 10 years, nine of which have been in the Corona –Norco Unified School District. Arronda believes that she makes a tremendous difference in her students’ lives during the year that they are with her. She is quoted as saying, “I am fully and completely committed to the success of each and every student because I affect their lives permanently. I write on their ‘life transcript’ and I want that transcript to reflect the benefits of a quality education. Each student’s success in learning, meeting grade level standards, having a meaningful educational experience, and accessing an excellent and equitable education is the cornerstone of my drive and determination to be exceptional.” Arronda earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Southern California and her Master of Education Degree at the University of California, Riverside.
El Cerrito Middle School
Jessica is a 7th grade Science teacher at El Cerrito Middle School. She has taught 11 years, all of which have been in the Corona-Norco Unified School District. Jessica has a passion to positively affect the lives of students inside and outside her classroom. She focuses on continuous improvement and teaches her students to do the same. She states, “I take pride in my profession and constantly collaborate and refine my strategies to deliver the best education to every student in my classroom. In addition to delivering course content, I foster leadership, community service and respect because students I work with will shape communities in the future and will become part of a strong and diverse workforce. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Long Beach and her Master of Arts Degree in Education from California Baptist University, Riverside.
Roosevelt High School
Mary is a 9th through 12th grade Science teacher Eleanor Roosevelt High School. She has taught a total of eight years, four of which have been in the Corona-Norco Unified School District. Mary relies on student feedback to shape her teaching style. She has evolved a direction instruction method that focuses on student discussion and critical thinking. She states, “We do not take notes in the traditional sense, instead I challenge my students to think critically about the content, discuss it with each other, and then we summarize. This style of teaching allows for checking for understanding as we go through the content and allows me to scaffold the information so that it is attainable by all.” Mary earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at California State University, Long Beach and is currently working on her Master of Arts Degree at the same institution. Mary has also been selected as a “County” Teacher of the Year.
Orange Grove High School
Diana is a 9th through 12th grade Language Arts teacher at Orange Grove High School. She has taught a total of 10 years, all of which have been in the Corona-Norco Unified School District. Diana states, “My students come from extreme poverty, domestic violence, physical abuse, sexual abuse, gangs, drug abuse, alcoholism, untreated mental health issues and more. My work involves carving out a new future…a new way of operating and surviving for my students. I take students who have survived and make them resilient by arming them with hope. I think what allows me to thrive in this setting is that I care about my students’ stories and I design my lessons, classroom – everything – to let them know I care. This place is for their benefit, their healing, and their empowerment. Their lives matter and can benefit others.” Diana earned her Bachelor of Arts and her Master of Arts, both in English, at California Baptist University. Diana has also been selected as a “County” Teacher of the Year.