The Rotary Club of Oxnard continues to recognize outstanding teachers in the Oxnard School District, the Oxnard Union High School District, and the Rio School District. For the fourth year, the Rotary Club is providing a gift basket and plaque of recognition for outstanding teaching and service to students, parents, and their school. In partnership with the County Schools Federal Credit Union, the recognition also includes a monetary award for the teacher to help cover the many out-of-pocket expenses teachers incur. Another corporate partner, the Hilton Garden Inn, provides a special gift certificate for the teacher recipient. The Teacher Recognition Program continues the efforts of the Rotary Club of Oxnard to thank those in the community who give outstanding Service Above Self, the motto of Rotary International.
On January 28th, the Rotary Club of Oxnard bestowed this honor on Mr. Ted Lawrence. Mr. Lawrence is one of the “Pillars” of OHS excellence. He serves as English/Language Arts Department Chairperson and Senior ELA Teacher. Mr. Lawrence is very respected by OHS students, staff and stakeholders. He is a leader in the school’s efforts to create Professional Learning Communities according to the DuFour Learning Community model, which will become the school’s road map into the Common Core Standards. He is able to mitigate issues within his Department so that all members feel respected and heard. Mr. Lawrence works well with site and District personnel, creating harmony in the school’s efforts to move into 21st Century learning. Above all, Mr. Lawrence builds relations with all OHS stakeholders, and primarily students. Along with all of this, Mr. Lawrence is a Football Coach at Ventura College, an excellent supportive father of two, and a loving husband of a successful professional.