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RCOE Surprises Roosevelt High Teacher with Teacher of the Year Honor


RIVERSIDE – Two unsuspecting teachers were surprised today by the news that they were selected by Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, Kenneth M. Young, as 2017 Riverside County Teachers of the Year. At each of the campuses, the honorees were taken by surprise with balloons, flowers, and hearty congratulations from students, conspiring colleagues, and family members.

The first teacher recognized was Amanda Sandoval from Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

Amanda Sandoval has taught U.S. history at Eleanor Roosevelt High School since first becoming a teacher in 2007. She creates opportunities for her students to engage with history in their own community, is a sought-after presenter on topics related to English language learners and technology, and has been described as having “an unquenchable thirst to maximize her instruction.”

Ms. Sandoval’s approach to helping students understand history includes assigning projects that propel her students into historical moments in time so they can envision history happening as if they were an actual character in the story. Not only does Ms. Sandoval promote positive praise and digital literacy in her classes, she shares her social studies lessons online with other teachers and regularly receives feedback from teachers around the country who are successfully utilizing her ideas in their classrooms. She earned a bachelor’s degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and is a resident of Corona.

At Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, Sandoval was surprised by hundreds of cheering students in the performing arts center. During the announcement, Superintendent Young shared student feedback from Sandoval’s application process that revealed how one of her students expressed a desire to become a history teacher like her. “There is no greater honor you can give a teacher,” Superintendent Young said.

Following the surprise, Sandoval shared: “I love my coworkers and my principal. It’s easy to be good at the job with so much support.”