Patrick Henry K-5 Dual Immersion School teacher Sylvia Padilla was nominated for the 2019-20 national LifeChanger of the Year Award. Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. Padilla, a 28-year educator who was instrumental in the creation of the bilingual dual immersion program at her school, was nominated by the parent of a student. Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies at their schools. Grand prize finalists will be honored during an April ceremony in Florida. Winning nominees receive between $3,000 and $10,000 for their school and district.
Cabrillo High School manufacturing and welding teacher Stephen Marsh is among 50 semifinalists for the 2019 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching. Winners will be announced Oct. 24. Eighteen winners will split $1 million in prizes. First-place winners will each receive $100,000, with $70,000 going to their school’s skilled trades program and $30,000 to the teacher or team behind the winning program. Second-place winners will receive $50,000, with $35,000 going to their school’s program, and $15,000 to the teacher or team.