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
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.