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By Photo courtesy of Randall Photography
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.
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.