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    The Jim Burke Education Foundation recognized a counselor in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District and a teacher in the Kern High School District as 2014 educators of the year Tuesday night at its 19th Annual Teacher of the Year Awards ceremony. The foundation named Janet Antongiovanni, left, a counselor at Warren Junior High, and Kathleen Bruce, an earth science teacher at Golden Valley High School, as recipients of its highest award.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The Jim Burke Education Foundation recognized a counselor in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District and a teacher in the Kern High School District as 2014 educators of the year Tuesday night at its 19th Annual Teacher of the Year Awards ceremony.

The foundation, established to recognize exemplary efforts to educate students, named Janet Antongiovanni, a counselor at Warren Junior High, and Kathleen Bruce,an earth science teacher at Golden Valley High School as recipients of its highest award.

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Also honored for achievements in the classroom and community were the following junior high, middle school and high school teachers:

Glen Anderson, Centennial High

Amber Blanton, Stiern Middle School

Chuck Bristol, North High

Rosa Marie Clark, Tevis Junior High

Halee Clarke, Thompson Junior High

Troy Coppola, Standard Middle

Elizabeth Deckard, Kern Valley High

Marciano Flores, East Bakersfield High

Monica Ford, Frontier High

Craig Holliday, Bakersfield High

Bethany Knott, Shafter High

Dean Larimer, Actis Junior High

Lisa Mayo, Highland High

Kimberly McCalla, Chipman Junior High

Robin Moses, ROC

Eric Myers, Stonecreek Junior High

Genia Owens, West High

Mickey Padilla, Stockdale High

Maria Reyes, Arvin High

Cheryl Rhodes, Garces Memorial High

Carla Rivas, Ridgeview High

Carrie Russell, Washington Middle

Dean Schulz, Foothill High

Brooke Slayton, Liberty High

Kristy Towle, Independence High

Josue Valenzuela, Mira Monte High

Hank Washington, South High

In addition, six organizations were awarded $500 mini grants in honor of local citizens who have promoted education and civic responsibility.

Florence and Bill Wheeler Humanitarian Award: Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce for its Youth Leadership Program;

Corinne Werdel Humanitarian Award: Boys and Girls Club of Kern County for its Learning Garden and curriculum;

Dr. John Forney Humanitarian Award: Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired to benefit its Summer Youth Program;

Gerald Clifford Humanitarian Award: CALM's Jellyfish Touch Tank Exhibit.

Don Carter Humanitarian Award: Ebony Counseling Center for its Youth Achievement Program; and

Education Foundation Award: Hoffman Hospice for its Pediatric Starlight and Teen Grief Program.

Golden Valley Principal Paul Helman acknowledged Bruce for what he described as "tireless devotion" and an "unmatched" commitment to science education.

Warren Junior High Principal Gary McCloskey described Antongiovanni as the "epitome of excellence."

The foundation awarded more than $19,000 in grants to 31 teachers, five high school seniors and six community organizations.

Teacher of the Year winners received $500 stipends and $500 contributions to the school departments of their choice.

Other recipients included:

* Rebecca Bledsoe, an English and reading teacher at Chipman Junior High; and Natalie Ryan, an agriculture instructor at North High, who both earned the Jim & Bebe Burke Rising Star Award;

* Students Patrick Crowley, of Bakersfield High; Casey Ross, of West High; Karla Murillo and Abigail Mejia of UCLA; and Lauren Cline, of Point Loma Nazarene University, who received $2,000 renewable scholarships for their academic achievements and community service; and

* Students Karla Luna, of Mira Monte High; and Sara Baldridge, of Highland High, who earned $1,000 scholarships from the Owen McCarthy family.

 

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