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 Statewide Recognition for JCCS Teacher

A teacher who works with girls who are incarcerated at San Diego SOAR Academy’s Girls Rehabilitation Facility will receive a statewide honor in May.

Jacqueline Smith is the Teacher of the Year for the Juvenile Court, Community and Alternative Schools Administrators of California (JCCASAC). She will be recognized at a conference in May in Newport Beach.

Principal Joanne Finney nominated Smith for the award because of her high expectations for students and strong collaborative skills.

Smith said she was thankful for her students and wouldn’t have received the honor without their hard work.

“I love my job,” she said.

San Diego SOAR Academy is one of the San Diego County Office of Education’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools.

“Awards come big and small; this one’s huge,” said Stacy Spector, executive director of the Juvenile Court and Community Schools.