2018 Alliance Teacher of the Year Awards
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 - Math Teacher
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.