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2014 Mayor's Teacher and Principal of the Year Awards

Mayor's Teacher and Principal of the Year AwardMayor Edwin Lee continues this tradition to celebrate and acknowledge San Francisco's extraordinary teachers and principals. The Mayor's Teacher and Pricipal of the Year Awards recognize outstanding San Francisco public school teachers and principals for their dedication, professionalism, and work on behalf of our City's young people.

2014 Mayor's Teacher of the Year Awardees

Marissa Miller, PreK, Special Education, Paul Revere Elementary School

Marissa Miller, Revere ES Marissa Miller is a Pre-Kindergarten Special Education Teacher at Paul Revere Elementary School. She earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Child Development, Masters of Arts in Special Education and is currently a PhD candidate, studying Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Developmental Disorders. Her passions lie in helping students and families build healthy relationships, based on a strong developmental, interdisciplinary foundation. She is a northern Californian native, deeply committed to respecting differences, tapping into strength, and sharing her love for learning with her students.

Judy Viertel, 1st Grade, Spanish Immersion, Marshall Elementary School

Judy Viertel, Marshall ES An educator for twenty-six years, Judy Viertel has worked for San Francisco Unified School District since 1999. Early in her career, she taught in Durango, Mexico, and then in Watsonville, California. Ms. Viertel’s current teaching position is first grade at Marshall Elementary, a Spanish Immersion school in San Francisco’s Mission District. Having always believed that good schools go beyond the basics, several years ago she took on the role of Art Coordinator at Marshall. She also developed Marshall’s chess program in conjunction with Mechanics’ Institute Library Chess Club. In 2005, she became a National Board Certified Teacher.

Kelly Clark, 5th Grade, Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy

Kelly Clark, Milk ES Kelly Clark is a fifth grade public school teacher at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, in the Castro District of San Francisco Unified School District. In addition to being a full-time public school teacher, Kelly has developed and facilitates a series of lectures for the professional development of educators at the Museum of the African Diaspora; MoAD. Kelly has been a fellow with San Francisco Education Fund, and with the Yale National Teacher Initiative. Kelly has written liberation curriculum for Stanford University Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute. Kelly is an advocate for equitable education, and expresses her advocacy by initiating and completing daunting physical tasks; she walked from San Francisco to Sacramento in-order to bring attention to the lack of funding in public schools. She also rode her bicycle from San Francisco to Washington D.C to interview everyday Americans about the importance of equitable public education. In addition to her commitment to public education Kelly enjoys poetry, long walks, great coffee, sea salt ice cream, and smart conversations.

Jeanna Chavetta, 7th Grade, Spanish Language Arts and Social Studies, Buena Vista Horance Mann K-8

Jeanna Chavetta, Buena Vista Horace Mann Jeanna Chavetta grew up in San Rafael, California. She went to Wesleyan University for college where she majored in Spanish Literature. In the fall of 1997, she began working in SFUSD after having received her teaching credential at Mills College in Oakland. Jeanna have worked in SFUSD ever since and have taught at the following schools: Cleveland Elementary, Sanchez Elementary, Buena Vista Elementary. She currently teaches 7th grade Spanish Language Arts and Social Studies at Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8. Her daughter is a second grader at BVHM as well. She is very proud to be a teacher and parent in San Francisco’s public schools and very proud to be part of a dual language program.

2014 Mayor's Principal of the Year Awardees

Ivy Ng, Site Administrator, Argonne and Commodore Stockton Early Education Schools

Ivy Ng, Argonne and Commodore Stockton EES Ivy Ng has been a school site administrator in early education since 2008. With a lifelong passion for teaching and a firm belief that the classroom should foster a safe and fun learning experience for students, Ivy inspires her staff to facilitate classroom activities that actively engages the young learners. She also encourages and guides other administrators to cultivate high quality learning environments through her role as a Director Mentor in the California Early Childhood Mentor Program. Ivy's dream is to one day provide easy access to high quality education for children living in areas of extreme poverty in China.

Rosina Tong, Principal, Chinese Immersion School at De Avila

Rosina Tong, Chinese Immersion School Rosina Tong began her career as a paraprofessional in 1990. Since that time, she has served as a Chinese bilingual classroom teacher and, more recently, the founding principal of the Chinese Immersion School at De Avila. Ms. Tong nurtures an educational experience where students are encouraged to persevere and strive for excellence. Her focus is not simply on academics, but the physical, social, and emotional well-being of the students, families, and school community. Ms. Tong exemplifies leadership through clarity, consistency, equity, and focus on a forward, positive direction. She attributes her success to her own mother and father and strives to provide the same for her three children and all the students that she works with in SFUSD.

Michael Reimer, Principal, Theodore Roosevelt Middle School

Michael Reimer, Roosevelt MS Michael just completed his 20th year working in public schools. Prior to becoming an administrator, he served as a mathematics teacher, with positions in Japan, Canada and the United States. After joining the San Francisco Unified School District, he worked as an Assistant Principal at the high school level, and currently serves as Principal of Roosevelt Middle School. In 2012, he completed his doctoral dissertation on algebra instruction at high schools in San Francisco. Michael and his wife Katherine are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary later this summer.

Eric Guthertz, Principal, Mission High School

Eric Guthertz, Mission HS A Bay Area native, Eric Guthertz earned his Bachelor Degree in English Literature and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of California at Los Angeles. He began his teaching career over twenty five years ago as an 8th grade English and ESL teacher in East Los Angeles. Returning to the Bay Area, Eric created and directed The Bill Wilson School, in San Jose, Ca. a comprehensive high school for homeless and runaway teens in the Bay Area. Thirteen years ago, Eric began teaching English at Mission High School. During these past years Eric has been the English Department Chair, Assistant Principal, and currently Principal. Guthertz completed the Stanford Principal’s Fellowship Program, and was a recipient of the 2013 Dream Catcher Award for his support of arts education.