Walnut Valley announces teachers of the year

Fifteen Walnut Valley Unified School District educators have been recognized by their schools as 2010-11 Teachers of the Year.
Congratulations to the representatives from the following elementary schools: Lori Stokes, fifth grade, Castle Rock; Betsy Hale, second grade, Collegewood; Diva Arellanez, fifth grade, C.J. Morris; Sandy Moritz, third grade, Evergreen; Sue Kanstul, third grade, Maple Hill; Norma Morales, first grade, Quail Summit; Kay Hoard, fourth grade, Vejar; Erin Ortiz, resource specialist, Walnut; Janet Murray, first grade, Westhoff.
Also honored were: Anna Landi, social studies, Chaparral Middle School; Shelly Yamashiro, science, South Pointe Middle School; Jonathan St. Amant, art, Suzanne Middle School; Deborah Clifford, English, Diamond Bar High School; Nicole Sevilla, English, History, science, Ron Hockwalt Academies; and Bill Bosanko, social science, Walnut High School.
They will be honored during the Salute to Teachers annual celebration of teaching scheduled for Oct. 19 at the Walnut High School Performing Arts Center.
Anna Landi has been named the 2010-11 District Teacher of the Year and is representing the district in the Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year program.


Landi teaches sixth and seventh grade social studies at Chaparral Middle School, her post for the past five years. She has taught in Walnut Valley Unified School District a total of 10 years and is excited about the opportunity to be a part of the new one-to-one technology core being offered to sixth grade students in the fall.
“Technology is advancing exponentially and the classroom must also evolve to prepare students for the challenges they will face in the global marketplace.” Landi said.
“Each day I go to work I have the opportunity to motivate and inspire young adults to believe in themselves and their abilities,” she said. “The greatest lesson I can teach my students is not found in the pages of textbook or on a work sheet; it is found in the way they will view the world and themselves.”