Pedro De Luna, a first-grade teacher at Cali Calmecac Language Academy in Windsor Unified School District, has been named Sonoma County Teacher of the Month for February 2021.
The monthly award honors one of Sonoma County’s most outstanding teachers from October through May. It is sponsored by the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), K-HITS 104.9, and Community First Credit Union (CFCU).
“So many teachers have stepped up in incredible ways to support students and families during these unprecedented times of distance learning,” said Steven D. Herrington, Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools. “The Teacher of the Month program this year seeks to honor, support, and thank those teachers who have gone above and beyond to support students during the shelter-in-place.”
Mr. De Luna received a number of enthusiastic nominations from appreciative parents. They described him as dynamic, compassionate, energetic, and full of love for teaching and his students.
“We all know that for young kids Zoom is hard enough, but Zoom in a language that you are still starting to learn is insane. Keeping 24 young student’s attention speaking only Spanish to them is hard. Mr. (Maestro) De Luna is INCREDIBLE. He immediately taught his 1st graders the rules of his class during Zoom and has held them accountable for their behaviors. He shows up every day with a positive attitude (sometimes in various costumes) full of encouragement for both learning and the language. He makes the kids laugh and want to participate. ” read one nomination.
Mr. De Luna was surprised with the honor by representatives from SCOE and KHITS on Friday, March 5 during his virtual class instruction. He and his students were absolutely elated by the unexpected celebratory interruption. Mr. De Luna accepted the recognition with enthusiasm and joy. He expressed his love for his students and deep appreciation for this award. Mr. De Luna will be given a special plaque and a $500 gift card for teacher resources and supplies as part of the recognition.
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