Chamber honors best in education


Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune

Matilda Torres High School teacher Christopher Santiago and his mother, Reina Carrera of Desmond Middle School are recognized as 2021-22 Distinguished Teachers of the Year during a ceremony at the Madera District Fair last week.

 

The Madera Chamber of Commerce honored educators during the Madera District Fair last week with a Salute to Education.


The event was held on the first day of the Fair (Sept. 8) and sponsored by the Educational Employees Credit Union, Madera District Fair, Madera Linkage Foundation and the Madera Unified Teachers’ Association.


“It was fantastic,” said Madera Linkage Foundation President, Tim Riché. “The teachers really enjoyed a more casual kind of deal. The heat wasn’t great. Any event where you can have fair cinnamon rolls, I’m a fan of. We had a wonderful time. The fair did a great job of setting us up for success. Debi Bray and her crew were off the charts and made sure everything went off without a hitch.”


Distinguished Teachers of the Year


Madera County Superintendent of Schools


Hannah Little, Countywide


Sandra Gayton, Early Education


Nanette Oswald, Itinerant


Anthony Igler, Career and Alternative Educational Services


Madera Community College


Richardson Fleuridor


Sherman Thomas Charter School


Dora Childers


Madera Unified School District


Melinda Engelman, John Adams


Jeanette Ruzzamenti, Alpha


Lyn Mitchell, Berenda


Jake Hernandez, Cesar Chavez


Reina Carrera, Desmond


Brook Blasius, Dixieland


Elizabeth Alexander, Easting Arcola


Irma Raygoza, Howard


Julie Hobbs, Furman K-8


Kelly Guice, Furman High School


Darcy Nainoa, Thomas Jefferson


Robert Piñon, Martin Luther King


Sam Colunga, La Vina



Joy Cunningham, Lincoln


Pamela Brooks, Waters- Madera Adult School


Michelle Duncan, Madera High School


Adam Mena, Madera South High School


Johnny Corona, Madera Technical Exploration Center


Dawna Franklin, Kerr- James Madison


Catherine Jones, James Monroe


Nicole John, Millview


Kevin Larrivee, Mountain Vista


Robert Adams, Nishimoto


Guadalupe Martinez, Parkwood


Stefanie Martinez, Pershing


Christopher Santiago, Matilda Torres


Therese Potter, Virginia Lee Rose


Heather Hami, Washington