The first thing that gets you is the eyes. A woman stares back at you from a photo taken from what seems like 150 years ago. Instead, it’s the latest masterwork of Kathryn Mayo, a professor at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.
After 43 years as an educator, it’s hard for Emelina Emaas to imagine a life without students. “I kept saying I would retire last year, but I couldn’t even fill out the application. My heart is rebelling.”
As a teacher and artist, Betty Evans was able to mix creativity into the curriculum for kids in juvenile hall. Now that she’s retired, a love of dance keeps her on her toes, art keeps her creative mind churning and her newly adopted 11-year-old daughter keeps her plenty busy!
Named one of five 2016 California Teachers of the Year, Megan Gross was also recently a finalist for the 2017 National Teacher of the Year Award run by the Council of Chief State Officers. This dedicated special education teacher has spent her entire career advocating for students with disabilities.
For nearly 30 years, Marilyn Reynolds taught reading at a continuation high school in Southern California. This helped shape her writing career that includes 10 books of realistic teen fiction in her True-to-Life Series From Hamilton High. The books focus on troubled teens and also earned her an Emmy nomination for a TV adaptation of one of her stories. She continues working with at-risk youth, helping them find their voices through creative writing.
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