VVUHSD teachers honored

District educators honored regionally
Posted on 12/19/2017
Madrigal, Powers earn awards

RIVERSIDE — Two Victor Valley Union High School District educators were recently recognized by regional organizations for their outstanding work.

Hook Junior High School Counselor Kristina Madrigal was among the finalists at the California League of Middle Schools Region 10 Educator of the Year awards at the Riverside Marriott. Cobalt Institute of Math and Science teacher Angela Powers was among the outstanding teachers recognized by the Inland Empire Council for the Social Studies in an annual awards banquet at the Riverside Office of Education.

Fellow VVUHSD teacher Nancy Noble (who emceed the IECSS event) read comments from peers about some of Powers’ qualities, including her “positive approach and teamwork.”

Noble spoke about how Powers makes learning fun by using trendy websites to help students with research; she even takes sociology students to Disneyland to people-watch and learn about sociological concepts. As History Day Coordinator for the last two years, Powers has taken students to county and state competitions.

“As a model of excellent teaching, she has been selected to present her strategies at district training conferences,” Noble said. “Thank you for everything you do.”

Madrigal, joined onstage at the CLMS awards by nominator and Hook Junior High Principal Carlos Cerna, spoke about the importance of school counselors, particularly at the middle school level.

“So many of our kids today are going through things that we as adults never had to go through,” said Madrigal, who has been a counselor at the Victorville middle school for 14 years. “They need someone who will listen, who will support them, and who won’t check out as soon as they get their little attitudes. … We change lives through relationships.”

Region 10 comprises San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With her regional victory, Romero moves on to the statewide CLMS Educator of the Year competition early next year.

“Ms. Madrigal and Ms. Powers are truly deserving of this great honor,” said Victor Valley Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Ron Williams, who was on hand at both events. “It’s exciting to continually see our district recognized on the regional level.” Angela Powers

Angela Powers (center) with district and regional dignitaries.

Kristina Madrigal and family
Kristina Madrigal (center, holding award) with family and district staff.

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