Students Recognize Teaching Excellence at 9th Annual Crystal Apple Awards
For many people the greatest gifts are not material or monetary, but rather a simple thank you for a job well done. On a warm Sunday evening in early May, students and parents gathered to thank a remarkable group of teachers from Dublin High School, Valley High School, Amador Valley High School and Foothill High School. The Crystal Apple Awards recognize teachers who take the extra time and care to look after each of their students and help them in their school career, while also giving guidance in living a good life.
What makes the event, now in its ninth year, so special is that the recipients are nominated and selected by a student committee. The ceremony, which was held at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Pleasanton, included moving presentations on each teacher made by students. During seminary, a religious study class held early each morning before school, students were given the opportunity to nominate a teacher that has not only made learning more meaningful, but also one who fosters character values they deem important to life. The nominations are then considered by a committee comprised of 10 students who review all nominations and then choose the recipients for the year.
The Crystal Apple Award recipients for 2012 are:
- Amador Valley High School (Pleasanton) – Matt Thayer – English and Heather Pereira – Science
- Dublin High School (Dublin) – Shaun Martins – Biology and Tom Calvert – Math & Engineering
- Foothill High School (Pleasanton) – Lauren Andrade – US History, AP Psychology and Rochelle Morris – Chemistry
- Valley High School (Dublin) – Tom Pankey
The award ceremony also included student piano and vocal performances. Videos of each student presentation and remarks by recognized teachers are included below.
To the teachers recognized with Crystal Apple Awards, and all teachers that wake up every morning to share the passion of learning – thank you.
Dublin Unified School District 2012 Crystal Apple Award Recipients
Pleasanton Unified School District 2012 Crystal Apple Award Recipients
Past Crystal Apple Award recipients:
Amador Valley High School
Dublin High School
Foothill High School
|2004||Mr. Neil Bellow, Mr. Matt Campbell||Ms. Kim Penske, Mr. Ron Rubio||Mr. Dustin Collins. Mr. Robert Loew|
|2005||Ms. Linda Newman, Mr. Peter Robbins||Ms. Veronica Alvarez, Ms. Sara Hollison||Mr. Ed Cloyd, Ms. Nina Rees|
|2006||Mr. Clark Fuller, Mr. Darren Pagtakhan||Ms. Kim Bauman, Mr. Jeff Taylor||Mr. Kurt Richey, Mr. Scott Sears|
|2007||Mr. Chris Murphy, Mr. Colin Wenstrand||Mr. Tim Sbranti, Mrs. Lenni Velez||Mrs. Mary Crawbuck, Mr. Howard Gilliland|
|2008||Mr. Mark Aubel, Ms. Pattie Peters||Ms. Rebecca Briggs, Ms. Anna Kim||Ms. Barbara Correia, Mr. John Nix|
|Officer Floyd Gill (Alameda County Sheriff’s Office – DHS), Ms. Laurie Sargent (Valley High School)|
|2009||Mrs. Jill Battilega, Ms. Anne Johnson||Mr. Darren Tippit, Mr. Mark Wainwright||Mr. Scott Gorsuch, Ms. JoAnn Koobatian|
|Ms. Liz Paz-Rumore (Quarry Lane School)|
|2010||Ms. Delise Anderson, Ms. Mairi Wohlgemuth||Ms. Barbara Hall, Ms. Julianne Sundstrom||Mr. Greg Haubner, Mr. Zach Lipman|
|2011||Mr. Matt Kelley, Mr. Ryan Templeman||Ms. Kathleen MacDonald, Ms. Maria Vlahiotis||Mr. Jeremy Detamore, Mr. David Middleton|
Presented by Dublin and Pleasanton high school students of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints