State Legislator Recognizes Teachers

State Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell hosted a recent Teacher Appreciation Reception where he honored several local teachers for making a positive impact.

A teacher for more than 20 years and now chair of the Assembly Education Committee, O’Donnell accepted online nominations before selecting honorees.

The honorees included Eric Brundin, science curriculum leader at the Teacher Resource Center; William Diaz-Brown, bilingual teacher at Willard; Deborah Drab, science teacher at Tincher; Paula Gregg-Spenker, teacher at Barton; Edward Hauck Jr., English teacher and track/cross-country coach at Wilson; Annemarie Lander, social studies teacher at Tincher; Mary Lang, teacher at Hughes; Janet Leis, reading specialist at Wilson; Melinda Mendez, TK teacher at Burcham; Gina Miller, teacher at Chavez; Julie Mortensen, teacher at Longfellow; Wendy Salaya, government teacher at Wilson; Adrienne Sandstedt, science teacher at Marshall; Stephanie Sasaki, teacher at Jefferson; Cathy Tillack, teacher at Lincoln; Racquel Welch-Kitchen, teacher at EPHS; and Paula Riley, teacher at Stanford.  Also honored was Connie Donati, who serves as a crossing guard for Tincher students.