Teacher and Parents Honored

Mountain View School District Teacher and Parent Volunteer Honored by the L.A. County Bilingual Directors’ Association
Mountain View School District (MVSD) teacher, Marita d’Arnaud and parent volunteer, Selene Miranda were among the honorees at the Los Angeles County Bilingual Directors’ Association’s 40th Annual Recognition Ceremony held at the Almansor Court in Alhambra.   The annual event honors outstanding administrators, educators, support staff and parents from Los Angeles County schools who exemplify the best in promoting the ideals of bilingual education.  

      Marita d’Arnaud is an outstanding sixth grade teacher at Twin Lakes Elementary School.  Her exceptional teaching earned her the honor of being chosen by her peers to be MVSD’s 2015-16 Teacher of the Year.  d’Arnaud has been an essential member of the District for 27 years.  In addition to being a dynamic, highly effective teacher, she has also served as a lead teacher on the English Language Development (ELD) and English Language Acquisition (ELA) Committees, been a mentor teacher and trainer for Project GLAD and Write from the Beginning.  d’Arnaud strives to instill a passion and drive in her students and encourages them to dream big.  As she leads her class she aims to foster each student’s critical thinking skills, to nurture the whole child, and to provide a safe, fun environment where students are willing to take risks and use various learning styles.  Her goal is to create lifelong learners who become productive, respectful citizens who value cultural diversity.    

     Selene Miranda is one of MVSD’s outstanding parent volunteers from Parkview Elementary School. She volunteers regularly at the school site, participates in and assists in leading parent workshops, and serves as the president of the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC).  In her role as DELAC president she seeks to understand how to support English learners so that she can advocate and provide support.   Miranda also serves as president of the Migrant Education Consortium.  She completely understands the importance of ensuring that MVSD’s English learners are learning and striving academically. 

     “We are so proud to recognize our distinguished honorees,” said Margarita Gonzalez-Amador, MVSD’s Director of Curriculum, Instruction and English Learner Programs.  “Both Marita and Selena are extremely dedicated to our bilingual students and ensuring that they receive the support and instruction they need to be successful.  Their commitment to improve instruction, services and advance the rights of English learners in our district is commendable.  They are very deserving of this recognition and we are grateful to the Bilingual Directors’ Association for the opportunity to acknowledge their efforts,” added Gonzalez-Amador.

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