May 10, 2016 – Casa Loma Elementary School teachers Terisa McKinney and Lupita Schekel were among the dozens of teachers across Kern County honored during the annual “Teacher of the Year” celebration at the Bakersfield Museum of Art last week. McKinney, a second grade teacher, and Schekel, who teaches fourth grade, were both nominated by their principal, Mr. Alex Mira. They were the only two Bakersfield City School District teachers nominated.
McKinney has been teaching at Casa Loma for 13 years. She is lauded by Mr. Mira for her exemplary contribution to the Professional Learning Community in helping to create an environment that fosters mutual cooperation, emotional support, and personal growth. “I love teaching and I love to see the growth. Second grade is amazing,” said McKinney. “I think it’s pretty awesome and exciting to get recognized for something you work hard at and love.”
Schekel is described as an extraordinary instructional leader who is consistently looking for ways to improve her team’s ability to deliver high quality instruction to improve literacy, writing, and math levels for all students. “My favorite thing about teaching is that I to get to do what I love, hang out with kids and teach them and see how they learn,” said Schekel. “I feel really honored to receive this recognition, especially knowing we’re the only two teachers being honored from the district.”
A total of 53 Kern County teachers were nominated by their schools and districts and were recognized with a plaque and certificate. Congratulations to all the teachers who continue to make a difference in the lives of our students.