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Friday, Apr 26 2013 12:49 PM

'First Look': Bakersfield Life's 'Best Of' competition, best teacher

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    Centennial High School teacher Ryan Coleman, left, won "best teacher" in Bakersfield Life's "Best Of" contest. He talked about teaching Friday with the magazine's managing editor, Jorge Barrientos, on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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He teaches world history, U.S. history, government and economics and coaches his school's "We the People" team.

He's Ryan Coleman, a teacher at Centennial High School for 17 years who was voted best teacher in Bakersfield Life magazine's "Best of" competition. His selection was announced Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

To put the recognition into perspective, Jorge Barrientos, managing editor of the magazine, said there are 8,500 educators with teaching certificates in Kern County.

Coleman said he's developed good relationships with the students.

He said he treats what he teaches "like a story," working to make the subject matter relevant to his students.

But it's not just the subjects -- Coleman said he's trying to teach critical thinking skills, the ability to analyze and synthesize material, and how to adapt to failure, because everyone will fail at some point.

Readers had the opportunity to vote on the "best of" in 108 categories in this 20th anniversary of the competition. In each, there are two "favorites" and one "best" winner. All winners will be revealed in the May issue of the magazine, which comes out Saturday.



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