Two Almeria Middle School teachers were honored by State Senator Connie Leyva at an event at the school on March 11.
Michelle Goodrow and Kitzia Jackson received the Excellence in Education Award for their many years teaching special education.
Leyva commended the educators for persevering through the hardships caused by COVID-19 over the past two years.
“Thank you for staying strong,” Leyva said.
Jackson, who said she was “super grateful” for the award, said she enjoyed watching her students’ progress and how they became more and more independent. She has been teaching in Almeria for 10 years.
“It’s a great feeling” to be honored, said Goodrow, and she added that seeing the growth in students’ communication and academic skills is very satisfying. She was a special education teacher in the Fontana Unified School District for 24 years (three of them in Almeria).
Almeria manager Felix Jones says Jackson and Goodrow are going “beyond” what is necessary to achieve positive results.
“They have deep emotional connections with their students and their families,” Jones said.
Also during the ceremony (which took place during Women’s History Month), Leyva had the chance to meet the girls who participate in the leadership development program at the school. Leyva encouraged the girls to be honest, authentic and true to themselves.
Teachers Kitzia Jackson (left) and Michelle Goodrow (right) were honored by State Senator Connie Leyva during a ceremony at Almeria Middle School.