Press Release

Richland Teacher Recognized as 2018 Teacher of the Year Award Winner

Orange, CA – May 2, 2018 – We are pleased to announce that Richland Continuation High School Career Technical Education Teacher Susan Damon was selected as the 2018 Teacher of the Year Award Winner for California Continuation Educators Association (CCEA), Region I, which encompasses the area of Orange County, San Bernardino County, Imperial County, Riverside County and San Diego County.

The CCEA Teacher of the Year award is one of the most prestigious honors for Alternative Education/Continuation Teachers in California. Damon was recognized on April 27 at the 2018 Awards Dinner Gala held at the San Diego Air and Space Museum. She will now move forward to compete with Regions 2-4 for the CCEA State Wide Teacher Competition.

“A big congratulations to Susan for her hard work and for always making a positive difference in the lives of our alternative education learners,” stated Richland Principal Elsie Briseno-Simonovski, Ph.D. “We are all very proud of the incredible efforts she put in to make Richland a great place for our students, particularly in the areas of increasing access and equity as we work towards preparing all students to be college and career ready.”

Richland was designated a California Model Continuation High School in 2017. Their mission is for staff, students and parents to work in collaboration for the purpose of helping students graduate from Richland or return to their traditional high schools to graduate with enhanced credits.

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The Orange Unified School District educates approximately 28,000 students in the Cities of Orange, Villa Park, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and unincorporated county areas.  The school district, founded in 1953, encompasses 108 square miles.  The District office is located at 1401 N. Handy Street, Orange, California.