A Long Beach Unified School District teacher was honored recently as a Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year and is eligible to advance to the statewide competition.
Allison Akeo teaches math, science and engineering at Marshall Academy of the Arts. She will be honored at a Board of Education meeting in the coming weeks.
She begins her day at the classroom door, greeting and fist-bumping students as they enter.
“Education of today’s students must include educating the whole student, academically, culturally and emotionally.” she wrote in her application. “Relationship building is just as important as curriculum building. I believe building relationships with students and making them feel emotionally valued is paramount.”
Establishing a relationship with students that makes them feel valued allows for a positive school culture.
“Inside the classroom, I make time and teach students to ask each other about their weekend,” she wrote. “We talk about our interests and our families. Initiating a positive classroom community will then spread to the rest of the school.”
She continually improves her craft and finds ways to help colleagues do the same.
“The most important skill a teacher must possess is the ability to work effectively with others,” she wrote. “Through collaboration, we can gather the best teaching practices and implement them to engage and support all students in learning.”