2019 Alliance Teacher of the Year Awards


Justine Safar - English Language Arts Teacher

Alliance Jack H. Skirball Middle School

Ms. Safar’s commitment to preparing her scholars for college success is very personal. As a child of immigrants, her parents instilled in her the belief that education is a way to give back to your community and to your family. 


Chelsea Culbert - Chemistry Teacher

Alliance Susan & Eric Smidt Technology High School

Ms. Culbert shares that her goal is to give her scholars challenging science content so they learn how to persevere and to show them that they can do it. Her work in the classroom, as a soccer and cross country coach, and her efforts to learn Spanish, have given Ms. Culbert a deep and meaningful connection to her scholars.



Chris Estrada - Math Teacher

Alliance Renee and Meyer Luskin High School

Mr. Estrada’s commitment to his scholars and the South Central community serves as a reminder of the significant impact that all Alliance teachers have on our young people’s lives.