Great teachers change us, make us believe in ourselves and brighten our outlook on the world and our future in it. As we celebrate the incredible contributions of all teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, Alliance Teacher of the Year awards give special recognition to teachers who are nominated by their school communities for their dedication inside and beyond the classroom, and their exceptional ability to engage students and activate their excitement for education.
Congratulations to our Alliance Teacher of the Year and our finalists!
Shelley Ko - Environmental Science Teacher
Alliance Marc & Eva Stern Math & Science School
She embodies Alliance core values and a deep commitment to helping every scholar reach his or her potential. Deeply passionate about breaking down stereotypes of who can be a scientist, Ms. Ko inspires the young men and women in her class to pursue careers in STEM fields
Veronica Bane - English Teacher
Alliance Susan and Eric Smidt Technology High School
Ms. Bane is a founding teacher at Smidt Tech High School and has been described as the heart and soul of the school. She makes books come alive and creates a safe space where scholar collaboration flourishes. Ms. Bane chooses books that empower students to come to grip with their own identities.
Summerlyn Poon - English Teacher
Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy 8
Ms. Poon is a passionate, driven, and supportive educator who is making a positive and life-long impact on our scholars. She incorporates social justice into her work and makes real world connections that our scholars can apply to their every day life.
Ismael Santacruz - MathTeacher
Alliance Ted K. Tajima High School
Mr. Santacruz truly cares about our scholars and creates a safe space that encourages enthusiasm and student-driven engagement. He empowers scholars to push their limits, encourages them to dream big, and prepares them for success in college and in life.