Earth Month Heroes Contest

30 Southern California teachers named Earth Month Heroes

$20,000 in cash awards given to top environmental education teachers

Thirty teachers, grades K-12, have been selected for recognition throughout the month of April as “Earth Month Heroes” for their continued support of environmental education in Southern California area schools.

Teachers from Los Angeles and Orange Counties were selected after an open nomination process by parents, students, and peers throughout February and March for their ability in their respective subject areas (Math, Science, Art, General Education) to spark environmental interest among their students. Each winning teacher will receive a $500 cash prize for their classroom and be recognized for one day in April as an Environmental Hero in their community. One teacher among the winners will also receive a $5,000 grand prize to support their environmental education efforts. The grand prize winner will be further recognized at a public reception at the Los Angeles County Science Fair on April 16 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

The Earth Month Heroes program was created by the Wyland Foundation and its educational outreach partner, Toyota, to recognize teachers who are continuing to provide environmental education in the face of budget cuts. Other sponsors include KCAL / KCBS and AES, with support from the LA Office of Education. “Instead of focusing on one activity for Earth Day, we want to celebrate the teachers out there who are changing attitudes year round about the environment,” said Wyland, an environmental artist best known for his monumental marine life murals. “These are selfless, dedicated, and extremely talented people who year after year invest their own personal resources to enhance the educational experience for their students.”


Teacher of the Day Name School City
April 1 Benjamin Kay Santa Monica High School Santa Monica
April 2 Bill Kulencavich Dodson Middle School Rancho Palos Verdes
April 3 Candace Leuthold Early College High School Costa Mesa
April 4 Carol Kemp Goddard Middle School Glendora
April 5 Dana Martens Dale Junior High School Anaheim
April 6 Delores Dang-Wright Dana Point High School Dana Point
April 7 Elizabeth Kerr San Clemente High School San Clemente
April 8 Elyssa Zuer Aliso Viejo Middle School Aliso Viejo
April 9 Fran Delaney Barron Niemes Elementary School Artesia
April 10 Ginger Demers Rio Hondo Preparatory School Arcadia
April 11 Greg Gardiner Huntington Beach High School Huntington Beach
April 12 Jeff Cornelius Lexington Junior High School Cypress
April 13 Jennifer Horton Henry Clay Middle School Los Angeles
April 14 Jill Rivero St. Anne School Laguna Niguel
April 15 John Karns Cypress High School Cypress
April 16 John Teutimez III Hope Special Education Center Buena Park
April 17 Judy Riemenschneider John C Fremont High School Los Angeles
April 18 Mary Simun Redondo Union High School Redondo Beach
April 19 Matthew Morrissey Environmental Charter High School Lawndale
April 20 Michael Gower Environmental Charter High School Lawndale
April 21 Mike Trimmel Lakeside Middle School Norwalk
April 22 Mimi Philips Marina High School Huntington Beach<
April 23 Peggy Simpson San Gabriel High School San Gabriel
April 24 Ramona Talampas Suzanne Middle School Walnut
April 25 Sophia Derrig San Juan Elementary San Juan Capistrano
April 26 Sue Puccinelli Vista Del Mar Middle School San Clemente
April 27 Susan Norton Esperanza Elementary Palmdale
April 28 Vivian Okoro San Gabriel High School San Gabriel
April 29 Jaime Kunze The Pegasus School Huntington Beach
April 30 Jason Huffman Calvary Chapel Junior High School Santa Ana

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