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Sycamore Canyon School Teacher Named February Teacher of the Month

Kimberly Retan Garcia receives special recognition from Chamber of Commerce, District

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with Conejo Valley Unified School District to shine a light on educators throughout the 2016-2017 school year with its Teacher of the Month recognition program.

On Tuesday, February 28th Kimberly Retan Garcia an English and Social Studies teacher for 6th grade students at Sycamore Canyon Middle School was named CVUSD’s February Teacher of the Month in a surprise celebration.

In addition to teaching 6h grade students, Kimberly has also taught yearbook and technology to sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students during her four year tenure at Sycamore Canyon Middle School. She was selected as Teacher of the Month because of her dedication to engaging and supporting all students in learning by demonstrating the following key criteria:

1. Open doors by recognizing diverse needs of learners

2. Exhibit high professional standards

3. Engages with families and the community

Kimberly accomplishes the above on a daily basis by sharing her passions with students – which include drama, art and technology! 

Kimberly knows that having a strong presence on campus helps build teacher-student relationships. She attends school dances, participates in lunchtime activities and coordinates the publishing of the student yearbook. Next year, she will take on a new role and co-lead ASB, a vital class that is responsible for unifying a campus.

She also ensures effective communication with parents by providing relevant information through group emails, keeping an updated classroom website and inviting parents for volunteer opportunities in the classroom.

Throughout the school year, Kimberly stays current with professional development and research by holding after school Google classroom workshops for teachers. This summer she is spending two weeks teaching a course though USD on effective and creative collaboration in the classroom.

To celebrate Kimberly’s February Teacher of the Month recognition, members of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce congratulated her with gifts from their local businesses. Additionally, members from the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce and CVUSD Superintendent Dr. Ann Bonitatibus presented her with a commemorative plaque recognizing her achievement.

Thank you Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce members and congratulations Kimberly! 

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