The Courier attended the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education meeting on Sept. 25. An agenda highlight was Beverly Vista Middle School teacher Lauren Stuart’s selection as one of Los Angeles County’s Top 16 Teachers of the Year for 2019- 2020.
The Board presented Stuart with a bouquet of flowers and congratulated her for being a trailblazer in education and a true asset to her students. Stuart has been with the BHUSD District for 11 years and currently teaches 8th grade English.
District Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy and Beverly Vista Principal Kevin Allen attended the ceremony honoring Stuart and the other L.A. County teachers on Sept. 20 at the Universal Hilton.
“We are incredibly proud of Mrs. Stuart and the passion she has for educating each and every student in her classroom. Recognition is not what she looks for; however, this award is exceptionally well earned. Mrs. Stuart goes above and beyond in so many capacities.
We are honored to have her teaching in the Beverly Hills Unified School District,” said Bregy.
Principal Allen told the Courier, “We are so proud that Lauren Stuart has been selected as a Los Angeles County teacher of the year. She has demonstrated great leadership in our school and district for nearly a decade and truly deserves this recognition.”
Stuart also recently received a BHUSD Apple Award recognizing teachers for outstanding work.
The Teacher of the Year program began in 1972 and is part of the National Teachers of the Year program, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with Scholastic, Inc. According to a BHUSD spokesperson, the honorees will compete in the California Teachers of the Year competition this fall. Five statewide honorees will be selected in November, and one will be chosen to represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year contest next spring.