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June 11, 2013 > Newark Unified selects Teacher of the Year

Newark Unified selects Teacher of the Year

Submitted By Office of the Superintendent

The Newark Unified School District named a Bridgepoint High School teacher, Ms. Corina Recendez Rojo, as Teacher of the Year. Superintendent, Dr. Dave Marken; School Board President, Ms. Jan Crocker; the Newark Board of Education and Mr. Timothy Erwin, Assistant Superintendent personally delivered her award as Newark's top educator in a ceremony at Bridgepoint High School where Ms. Rojo's family secretly gathered to attend the ceremony as a surprise.

Ms. Rojo is noted as an innovative, creative teacher with boundless energy and an enthusiastic spirit that spreads to every student in each class, from bell to bell. Her phenomenal approach toward teaching and unshakable faith in the potential of her students led the Newark Board of Education to award her the prestigious Newark Teacher of the Year distinction. Ms. Rojo teaches high school economics, government and an elective - conflict management- at Bridgepoint (Continuation) High School. She brings a unique blend of well planned, organized and engaging lessons that together, make a delectable cognitive growth stew. Superintendent, Dr. Dave Marken says of Ms. Rojo; "Her classes are truly remarkable. Her student work is consistently at the highest quality. Ms. Rojo works hard each and every day to teach kids how to write effectively in her social studies domain. She consistently pushes herself and others to strive for excellence."

In the role of at-risk specialist, Ms. Rojo immediately connects with kids and parents to help them overcome obstacles. Some conversations are emotional, difficult and challenging and require the tact and diplomacy of not only an experienced educator but of someone who has had to overcome adversity to achieve. Ms. Rojo has a natural knack at choosing the right words - in either English or Spanish - to inspire, motivate and give hope to children that may have only known failure and despair. Mr. Orput, her principal at Bridgepoint High School says; "I dream of one day enticing her out of her classroom in order for her to become a principal because of her natural leadership skills that would benefit a greater number of students."

One of the graduates that she has helped, Ms. Yamila Calvo, may have summed it up best when she said; "She is the best teacher out there. She's the best person ever. She is always trying to help."

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