SANTA CRUZ, CA—The Santa Cruz Education Foundation (SCEF), dedicated to promoting excellence in Santa Cruz City Schools, today released the names of those to be honored at the 2012 Eddy Awards. The Eddy Awards recognize the outstanding commitment made daily by the dedicated educators, staff and volunteers of Santa Cruz City Schools. The 4th annual awards will be presented at 6:30 on May 1, 2012 at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar Street in Santa Cruz. Kim Luke, voice of the Derby Girls, will host; a performance from the Santa Cruz High Theater production of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will open the evening.
"The Eddy Awards have become a very special event where we pause to take a moment to celebrate the people and programs that make Santa Cruz City Schools so wonderful for all of our students," said Suz Howells, President of the Santa Cruz Education Foundation.
New to the event this year is the Roseann Coonerty Layne Inspiring Teaching Award, offered by the Coonerty Family to honor the inspirational teaching of the late Roseann Coonerty Layne.
Teachers that inspire, challenge and support students
· Kindergarten – 3rd Grade: Sarah Balla, DeLaveaga
· 4-5th grade: Ginger Anderson, Westlake Elementary
· 6-8th Grade: Lorraine Jue, Mission Hill Middle School
· 9-12 Grade: Stacey Falls, Chemistry teacher, Santa Cruz High School
Roseann Coonerty Layne Inspiring Teacher Award
Honors a 7-12 English, History, Social Studies or Civics/Government teacher who ignites a passion for learning
· Catherine Franke, English teacher, Santa Cruz High School
Unrecognized hardworking staff and parents that make a difference every day
· Staff: Arturo Lopez, School Community Coordinator, Bay View Elementary School
· Parent Volunteer: Maria Theresa Ayala, Harbor High School
Honors those who educate about and emulate our green policies
· Julia Davenport, environmental educator & developer of our watershed curriculum; volunteer member of Santa Cruz City Schools Green Schools committee
Recognizes those who promote good nutrition and physical fitness
· Elizabeth Christensen Rayburn
Community Supporter of the Year
Acknowledges the tremendous gift of community support for our schools
· Omega Nu
Honoring the outstanding dedication and contribution to music education
· Mark Bidelman, Music teacher and Choir Director, Soquel High School
School of the Year
Recognizes the outstanding results of a collaborative community in service of students
· Branciforte Middle School and Principal Angela Meeker
About the Santa Cruz Education Foundation
The Santa Cruz Education Foundation is a community organization that promotes excellence in Santa Cruz City Schools through fundraising and by developing, enhancing and advocating for programs that provide opportunities for ALL students to realize their full potential. SCEF also hosts the annual Eddy Awards and publishes The Eddy (TheEddy.sceducation.org), a community online news and information source for Santa Cruz City Schools. For more about SCEF, visit www.sceducation.org.