Honoring Excellence at The Fifth Annual Golden Dot Awards

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On Saturday evening, March 18th Green Dot Public Schools will celebrate educators and staff who are transforming the landscape of public education.

This year’s Golden Dot Awards (aka “The Dotties”) will take place at the Guerin Pavilion at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA. We’ll present 8 educators and staff with well-deserved awards.

The Dotties celebrates the countless hours of extra work that educators put in on a regular basis. The Dotties is an opportunity for unseen moments to be recognized.

Rising Star Teacher of the Year Finalist, Gabriel Borlant- Guertler, Ánimo Leadership

As you know, The Golden Dot Awards is a unique ceremony that uses the glamor of an award show to shine a light on exceptional teaching, school leadership and classified staff support in schools that prioritize excellence in low-income communities across our nation.

The Dotties is a celebration of educators who are dedicated to their practice, dedicated to making a lasting impact, and dedicated to modeling and developing lifelong learners.

Rookie Teacher of the Year Finalist, Araceli Campos, Ánimo Pat Brown

There are many ways you can support the Dotties and the educators they honor; we invite you to consider individual or corporate sponsorship options, which include options to attend or place ads in the program book. The Golden Dot Awards are an evening that will stay with you for a very long time, strengthening your faith in a bright future for our nation.

Without further ado, let’s celebrate our employees and core values with this year’s Golden Dot Awards finalists :

Rising Star Teacher of the Year

·         Victor Lee, Ánimo College Prep Academy

·         Gabriel Borlant-Guertler, Ánimo Leadership

·         Ines Mendoza, Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo

·         Belen Ramirez, Ánimo Pat Brown

Counselor of the Year

·         Jacqueline Nguyen, Ánimo Florence Firestone

·         KasCandra Dougherty, Kirby Middle School

·         Stacie Cruz, Ánimo Leadership

·         Jorge Dominguez, Ánimo Ralph Bunche

Rookie Teacher of the Year

·         Katia Victoria, Ánimo Florence Firestone

·         Araceli Campos, Ánimo Pat Brown

·         Bhavini Tina Patel, Ánimo South LA

·         Justin Roane, Ánimo Watts

Classified Employee of the Year

·         Kara Hayes, Destiny Middle School

·         Tirsa Barbero, Ánimo Florence Firestone

·         Michael Ashe, Ánimo James B. Taylor

·         Myron Dickens, Ánimo Venice

Teacher of the Year

·         Whitney Upshaw, Ánimo College Prep Academy

·         Rachel Kopera, Ánimo Jackie Robinson

·         Tiana Diggs, Ánimo James B. Taylor

·         Denise Amezcua, Ánimo Leadership

Home Office Employee of the Year

·         Carly Pace, Education Team

·         Edward Weikel, Information Technology

·         Deidra Smith, Education Team

·         James Deavoll, Development

Assistant Principal of the Year

·         Nate Geller, Ánimo Phillis Wheatley

·         Wendy Perez, Ánimo Phillis Wheatley

·         Aleah Al Sad, 9th Grade Academy at Alain Leroy Locke

·         Naima Otero, Ánimo Ellen Ochoa

Principal of the Year

·         Meghan Maguire, Ánimo Phillis Wheatley

·         Abraham De Villiers, Ánimo Watts

·         Kristin Botello, Ánimo Jackie Robinson

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