She’s a runner, a coach, an adviser to the school Gay Straight
Alliance, a believer in her students and a rapper.
Peggy Nemeth, an English teacher at Riverdale High School in
Fresno County, doesn’t do freestyle rap. “I have a terrible
memory. I tell most of my kids they’re smarter than me. I
memorize rap songs just so I can entertain them. I reward them
Retired principal Hervey A. Taylor III spent his educational
career motivating and encouraging students toward the direction
of success. He currently is working on a doctoral degree that
focuses on educational leadership and organizational development
so he can continue to be an advocate for students as they
navigate through the educational system.
Jason Davis, a fifth-grade teacher at Chaparral Elementary School
in Chino Hills, enjoys teaching everything, but says he gets the
most fun out of science. It’s evident as he talks about teaching
students about robots or a project to build a prosthetic arm.
If you ask Betsy Rivera for a 30-second explanation of her job as
a Green Ambassadors teacher at Environmental Charter High School
(ECS) in Lawndale, she will tell you this: “It’s teaching ethics
and sustainability related to food, energy, water and waste.”