• March 2021

    March 2021 Teacher of the Month

    Ashley Gibson Cabrillo COllege Cabrillo College student Amanda Hampson nominated our March Teacher of the month in the following letter: I want to nominate my teacher Ashley Gipson. Ashley Gibson is a teacher at Cabrillo College and teaches several classes for the accelerated medical assisting program. She’s made this difficult time more manageable with her patience, understanding, and willingness to listen to any problems. She makes understanding the class material easier and explains everything in a way everyone can understand. When I was struggling with my mental health, she got me the resources I needed to get help, and because of that, I’m able to continue my path to the…

  • February 2021

    February Teachers of the Month

    The Pinnacle of Dedication A tribute to the Mount Madonna School Faculty by Christine Smith As we wind down 2020 and welcome 2021 with cautious optimism, I tip my hat to a group of individuals who are as good as it gets, and maybe even better: the faculty at Mount Madonna School! Blessedly, our world is full of good – good art, good innovation, good people. So, when it comes time to recognize a person for their contributions, the choice can be tough. Look at Time magazine, which has often chosen a group of individuals rather than just one person for its coveted recognition as “Person of the Year” –…

  • January 2021

    January Teacher of the Month

    Krista Holt is pictured below with her puppets, Puppy and Snail, who are important “friends” in our class and help us with our Social Emotional & Growth Mindset lessons each week. “We end every class meeting with the class poem, ‘Let love shine through in all you do,’ says Holt.

  • December 2020

    December Teacher of the Month

    Making Distance Learning Feel Close Teacher of the Month is a monthly feature in Growing Up in Santa Cruz. We honor local teachers based on your nominations. Send your nominations to [email protected] and please stop in and thank Kianti’s for their uplifting community spirit! By Brad Kava The 5th grade teachers at San Lorenzo Elementary School faced a double whammy when this school year started. First, there was COVID-19, which forced students to be taught on home computers. Then, there were the horrible wild fires that wreaked havoc all over the district and forced school to start weeks late. But parents and students who nominated all of the 5th grade…