Walnut Valley teachers win literacy awards


Staff photo by Watchara Phomicinda
Cindy Giang teaches first grade teacher at Quail Summit School in Diamond Bar.

“Walk to Read” and other innovative reading programs have earned two Walnut Valley teachers literacy awards from the American Literacy Corporation.

They will be among a handful of educators from across the state who will be honored on Nov. 13 at the Victoria Club in Riverside.

The nonprofit group rewards teachers who have significantly increased the literacy levels of their students. It gives $2,000 to teachers in kindergarten through eighth grade. Their schools also receive $500 for a reading related school event.

The group notes that this is the first time since 1992 that two winners have been selected from the same school district.

This year’s winners include Cindy Giang, a first grade teacher at Quail Summit Elementary in Diamond Bar and Kay Hoard, a fourth grade teacher at Vejar Elementary in Walnut.

Read more in Rich Irwin’s story Literacy.