Jennifer Hodge named 2017 Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year
The La Mirada City Council recognized Benton Middle School teacher Jennifer Hodge during Tuesday’s meeting. Jennifer was recently selected as a 2017 Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year.
Jennifer began her teaching career at the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District 16 years ago. She started teaching at Benton Middle School in 2010 when the campus became the School District’s magnet school for visual and performing arts. Jennifer teaches 3D art, cartooning and studio art. Jennifer is known as a hard working teacher and an exemplary educator who makes a positive and lasting difference in the lives of students.
Last Spring, she was selected as the School District’s Teacher of the Year and participated in the County contest. The Los Angeles County Office of Education recently announced that Jennifer is one of the 16 County Teachers of the Year. The winners were selected from a field of 61 teachers who participated in the 36th annual County contest. The teachers will serve as leaders for the teaching profession and their 72,000 classroom colleagues countywide.
All 16 County Teachers of the Year winners will automatically advance to the California Teacher of the Year competition sponsored by the State Department of Education. Five state winners are scheduled to be announced by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson later this fall. One winner will be selected to represent California in the National Teacher of the Year program next spring.
“The Teacher of the Year award is about celebrating teaching and the impact educators make in the lives of our students,” says Mayor Ed Eng. “The City of La Mirada is proud of Jennifer and wishes her the best at the California Teacher of the Year competition.”