May 18, 2007
Wilson Classical High School 20-year veteran teacher Ruth Mohr has earned the Outstanding High School Physical Educator of the Year Award from the California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Only two such awards were given statewide – one each for Northern and Southern California.
"I’m honored and humbled. It’s so nice to be respected by your peers," Mohr said. "You hope and pray that you’re doing a good job, so it’s nice to hear someone say, hey, you’re doing an awesome job."
The award recognizes professional achievement, creativity and dedication while honoring those who serve as role models in their profession and school.
Mohr also is one of the 100 teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District who have earned the highest professional distinction in teaching, National Board Certification. The rigorous certification is a year-long process that involves writing extensive portfolios, videotaping classroom instruction and participating in a day of written exercises.
Mohr said earning National Certification was "the best thing I’ve ever done professionally, other than my master’s degree."
Fewer than 1 percent of the nation’s 3 million teachers earn National Certification each year.