Educator of the Year

The 38th Annual Educator of the Year celebration this year held on November 7, at the Palos Verdes Golf Club, honored nine outstanding Peninsula educators for their outstanding teaching and professional contributions to their schools and colleges. Honorees included Allison Lehault from Palos Verdes Intermediate School, Kimberly Tatman from Chadwick School, Michelle “Mimi” Cohen from Point Vicente Elementary School, Jonathon Agostino from Rolling Hills Preparatory and Renaissance Schools, Christopher Doughty from The Salvation Army’s College for Officer Training, Janice Demarti from Peninsula Heritage School, Carrie Ellis from Soleado Elementary School, Dr. Larry Dunlop from Marymount California University and Vararat Chaiyont Kan from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. Recipients were introduced by their respective School Principal or Head of School or College President, and then they made remarks regarding their love of teaching and their unique approaches to their subject area and their students.

The response to getting this honor was best summed up in the words of the Chadwick School honoree, Kimberly Tatman, who said “Each day I get to go work at a job I love, where I grow in profound ways, and where I'm surrounded by a group of inspiring educators.  Being recognized for that work as Educator of the Year is both humbling and amazing. I am truly grateful.” This is the 38th year this unique community event has been held. For the last several years the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club under the leadership of Ms. Joan Behrens and Dr. James Hartman who chair the EOTY Committee and also act as Masters of Ceremonies.

Mr. Harry Kitter chairs the Fund-Raising Committee that solicits sponsorship of the event from the broader business and educational community as well as Rotarians who all contribute to college, vocational and Stem scholarships. These funds are then awarded annually from the Club Foundation to needy and capable students from the Peninsula and the LA Harbor Boys and Girls Club. Over the last ten years the Club had distributed $350,000 for such awards.

Each school hosts teachers, faculty and staff and parents to support their winner. This year approximately 250 people attended the event. Every winner receives a gift carriage clock, an Educator of the Year pin, certificates and commendations from civic and government entities, and most importantly, a salute from their colleagues, students and community who are the beneficiaries of their significant contributions.

November 7, 2018

Dinner Awards Program

Social Hour: 5:45 p.m.
Dinner Served: 6:30 p.m. 

Palos Verdes Golf Club
3301 Via Campesina
Palos Verdes Estates

Support the Event by Sponsoring
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club, founder and host of the program, solicits support from the community to sponsor a reception and dinner to honor eleven teachers per year and to raise funds for scholarships for needy and talented students. It is a prestigious community event that celebrates one of the principle benefits to life on the Palos Verdes Peninsula: Excellent Education from Exceptional Teachers and Educators. 
Would you like yourself, or your company, associated with this premier event with nearly a four decades history? The income all goes to scholarships.
Contact our Sponsorship Chairman Mr. Harry Kitter


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