State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that Carlsbad Unified teacher Doug Green has been selected as one of five 2016 California Teachers of the Year
Green, who has taught for 24 years, splits his day between Valley Middle School and Carlsbad High School. He was named one of the five 2016 San Diego County Teachers of the Year
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Green's students and their work have been seen not only on a high school campus, but nationally and internationally. Two stories—one about a 2010 shooting that injured two students at a nearby elementary school and the other a student-led documentary, “Invisible Threat,” on the science of immunizations—lifted the young filmmakers and broadcasters onto the national stage.
Their commitment and Green’s guidance and support have resulted in the district’s programs being ranked the number one middle and high school scholastic broadcasts in the country.
Green’s career began as a social worker and he would also assist schools in helping students who were struggling with reading. After receiving his teaching credentials, he began teaching eighth grade language arts, and eventually was asked to design a broadcast journalism elective.
“I love that my subject area has so much to offer to so many different types of learners. I love that the program is rigorous and that it reinforces life skills— students learn to manage deadlines, deal with technical challenges, and learn to become critical viewers. It is hands-on and academic.”
Tom Bloomquist, principal of Valley Middle School, says, “Mr. Green’s work has transformed his students, and led to successful high school, college, and career opportunities that were made possible by having him as a teacher. The work that students are able to do in Mr. Green’s class is truly student-centered and student-driven, with the support of a charismatic and thoughtful teacher.”
“I am thankful each and every day that I am a teacher," said Green. "I love watching my students develop as they become motivated learners, talented journalists and remarkable human beings. My best 12 minutes of the day occur each morning at 9:18 a.m. when my high schools take their broadcast live to a large audience. I stand back, stay out of their way, and watch 34 students work as a team.”
The other 2016 California Teachers of the Year are:
- Daniel Jocz, a tenth-through-twelfth grade social studies teacher at Downtown Magnets High School, Los Angeles Unified School District in Los Angeles County
- Mitch Bahr, who teaches instrumental music to the ninth through twelfth grades at Foothill High School in Palo Cedro, Shasta Union High School District in Shasta County
- Michelle Cherland, a second grade multi-subject teacher at Carrillo Ranch Elementary School in Indio, Desert Sands Unified School District in Riverside County
- Ann Park, who teaches writing and science to fifth graders at Greenleaf Elementary School in Oakland, Oakland Unified School District in Alameda County
“The teachers we are honoring today are dedicated, energetic, innovative and very effective,” Torlakson said. “Every day in the classroom they inspire students to learn, excel and realize their full potential. Their work provides a great example for other teachers.”
The California Teachers of the Year Program, presented by California Casualty, began in 1972 to honor outstanding teachers and encourage new teachers to enter the field.
County offices of education nominate winners through their regional Teachers of the Year competitions. A state selection committee reviews candidates' applications and conducts site visits to evaluate the teachers' rapport with students, classroom environment, presentation skills, and teaching methods, among other criteria.
The teachers are interviewed at the California Department of Education (CDE) in Sacramento. The State Superintendent then selects the five awardees.
The 2016 California Teachers of the Year, the finalists, and semi-finalists will be honored by Torlakson at a gala to be held in Sacramento on February 15, 2016.