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June 11, 2013 > School district names Teacher of the Year

School district names Teacher of the Year

Submitted By Fremont Unified School District and Oliveira Elementary

At a recent Fremont Unified School District Board meeting, Judy Cuturrufo of Oliveira Elementary School was introduced as the District's Teacher of the Year. Cuturrufo currently teaches 4th grade and previously taught RTI (Response to Intervention) at the school.

Prior to teaching at Oliveira, Cuturrufo taught at Cabrillo and Grimmer elementary schools. Before deciding to make a career change and study to become a teacher, she worked at Applied Materials in Santa Clara for 11 years.

Oliveira's Principal, Linda Anderson says, "Judy has a clear understanding of what it takes to motivate elementary school students. Her positive attitude translates into a classroom atmosphere of learning and respect. She expects each student to give their personal best in every endeavor and she expects no less of herself. She is warm, humorous and presents a feeling tone in her classroom that's extremely conducive to learning. Implementing a variety of creative, engaging lessons is among her strengths.

"Judy embraces strategies that teach her students to understand the 'why' of their learning. In all situations in dealing with her students, Judy goes the extra mile. Throughout her lessons, students are actively engaged and enthusiastic about learning. She also has plans for differentiated abilities in her room and assures that all students at all times have something academic in nature.

Mrs. Cuturrufo's professionalism and positive work ethic are exemplary. Her dedication and devotion to teaching and the betterment of Oliveira students make her an outstanding, and in my opinion, the best choice for Teacher of the Year in FUSD."

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