The Burbank Masons honored three educators withTeacher of the Year awards at the Masons’ 95th annual Public Schools Night on Thursday, April 24, at the Burbank Masonic Center located at 406 Irving Drive.
Community Day School’s Joshua Junkermeier was recognized as high school Teacher of the Year, Heather Good from Luther Middle School was celebrated as the middle school recipient and Ellen Dobbin from Emerson Elementary was honored for elementary school.
The William McKinley Recorder Ensemble led by Jana Annis, David Starr Jordan Middle School’s Madrigals directed by Christine DeMore and the JBHS Percussion Ensemble conducted by Tina Raymond provided the evening’s entertainment.
Community Day School Principal Chris Krohn, Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School Principal Linda Acuff and Luther Burbank Middle School Principal Dr. Brian O’Rourke selected their schools’ respective honorees after they were nominated by teachers and staff at each school. Honorees are selected for their outstanding dedication, teaching and service to their students.
From the Masonic Lodge 2014 Teachers of the Year program:
JOSHUA JUNKERMEIER: This is Joshua’s third year teaching science, agriculture, and physical education to seventh- through twelfth-grade at-risk students at Community Day School. His hard work and dedication to his students is commendable, and he always finds new and innovative ideas to challenge them. He has also taken on the school’s garden project, which is another big job, and Joshua has started teaching his students how to cook what they have grown. He has taken on numerous tasks related to the new Common Core standards—even jobs outside of his subject areas just to gain knowledge and bring back ideas to his fellow staff members. Joshua is an energetic and enthusiastic teacher who thrives on learning as much as he can so he can give the maximum back to his students. His love for the students and subjects truly show when he teaches. Joshua is a tremendous asset to Community Day School.
ELLEN DOBBIN: Ellen Dobbin is devoted to her students and loves her job! She has taught several grades, including combination classes, and is now working with 4th graders. Lessons are thoughtfully planned using California standards and designed for an interactive learning environment. Students think aloud, share their ideas, teach and learn from each other, and partner on projects. For those students needing extra time to learn, Ellen often schedules afterschool tutoring sessions, on her own time. Ellen’s young scholars love coming to school because her room is the best place to be. An Emerson star educator since 1996, Ellen accepts additional responsibilities to work with peers, assumes leadership roles, and seeks learning opportunities to improve instruction. Parents and colleagues alike hold her in high regard. Emerson proudly honors Ellen Dobbin as our Masonic Teacher of the Year.
HEATHER GOOD: It is with great pleasure that that the faculty of Luther Burbank Middle School nominates Heather Good as Masonic Teacher of the Year. Heather is a leader among her colleagues. She is Department Chair and is a member of the Academic Review Team at Luther. Heather coaches her colleagues in the Common Core State Standards and operates a 21st century classroom as part of the BUSD technology plan. Heather’s classroom is an oasis for her 8th grade students. Soft lighting, gentle music, and challenging lessons encourage her students to take risks and succeed. Heather’s kind humor matches that of her students and establishes a safe environment in her classroom. Heather can always be counted on for the perfect card and gift just when a colleague needs it. Heather is a true Yellow Jacket!