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2016 Alliance Teacher of the Year Awards


Congratulations to our Alliance Teacher of the Year and our finalists!



Brendan Wallace - Math Teacher 

Alliance Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School
Since becoming the calculus teacher, he restarted the BC Calculus program at Stern MASS and created the Multivariable Calculus program from scratch, which is now a dually enrolled class with Cal State LA (most math majors take the class as college sophomores). Last year, his AP Calculus students had a 90% passage rate on their AP exam with 50% of them scoring a 5! And since becoming the calculus teacher, he has tripled the number of students taking calculus classes. 


Lindsay Rojas - English and Historical Literacy Teacher 

Alliance Ouchi O'Donovan 6-12 Complex
Lindsey is an 8th grade English teacher and Literacy Coach at Alliance Christine O'Donovan Middle School. She uses the relationships she has with her students to connect the learning in the classroom to their lives outside of school.   

Ashley Dester - English Literature and Expository Reading and Writing Teacher 

Alliance Ouchi O'Donovan 6-12 Complex

Ashley is notorious for dressing in character based on the literature read in class. Ever dedicated to making literature come to life, Ms. Dester spoke to us from home while on maternity leave - dressed in costume of course!  

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Elizabeth Dean - Resource Teacher for Special Education 

Alliance College-Ready Academy High School 16

Elizabeth played a pivotal role in designing and implementing an inclusive special education model that held students to high expectations while delivering high-quality, individualized instruction.