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 Valencia Park Elementary Teacher Honored for Dedication to Students

Valencia Park Elementary School (San Diego Unified School District) 1st grade teacher Rachel Platz was recognized in November through the San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®) Classroom Heroes program.

In a nomination letter, Platz was described as having "a true heart of gold... Her passion to uplift the youth and children in our community shines brightly through her hard work, efforts and dedication." Another nominator wrote that Platz "not only strives to ensure the success of all of her students, but she really goes above and beyond introducing concepts such as equality and equity into the classroom...She is a classroom hero, not only because she is a caring dynamic teacher, but because she goes out of her way to introduce her students (and school) to important resources."

SDCCU®, San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution, proudly honors local teachers through SDCCU Classroom Heroes, launched in partnership with ABC 10News and iHeartMedia, Inc. San Diego. Winning teachers will be featured on a segment on ABC 10News, receive a $500 SDCCU Visa® gift card and one 2018 winner will win a new Toyota Prius®.

Teachers, students, parents and the community are encouraged to nominate a deserving teacher by visiting