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Outstanding Employees Honored

Several Long Beach Unified School District employees were recently recognized for outstanding contributions to student success: • Sandra Rogers, language arts curriculum leader, has won the Excellence in Teaching Award from the California Association for Teachers of English. Rogers will receive the award at CATE’s conference on March 7 in Long Beach. • Linda Mehlbrech, history and social science curriculum leader, has won the Hilda Taba Award from the California Council for the Social Studies. The award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the CCSS, recognizes an educator’s professional contributions to the field of social studies in California. The award will be presented at the CCSS annual conference, scheduled for March 7 to 9 in Oakland. • Gregory Fisher, an economics and government teacher at the California Academy of Mathematics and Science, has been selected to participate in the Toyota International Teacher Program. The project is one of the preeminent teacher study-abroad programs in the nation. Fisher will study tropical forest eco-systems and sustainable agriculture methods in Costa Rica.