TEACHERS ARE TREASURES
Burbank schools are some of the best around and the teachers helping make that true are city treasures. To honor these wonderful educators, the Burbank Noon Kiwanis had its annual Teacher Recognition Day on May 2 at the Burbank YMCA.
Outstanding teachers from each school in the Burbank Unified School District were recognized, as well as teachers retiring from the district.
Chairman Loren Jonkey presented each teacher with their award, which included numerous certificates of commendation and gift certificates to Barnes and Noble that are to be used by the teachers to purchase items to be placed in their school libraries in their names.
The awardees are Yuki Yoshino, Angela Maden, Sandra Engel, Heidi Soto, Kiki Schlosberg, Nancy LeFebvre, Michael Hammell, Linda Lorenz, Sheryl Hambro, Connie Simonek, Susan Martin, April Evans, Karla Buffington, Heidi Sasaki, Diana Abasta, Martha Smith, Barbara Forletta and Trudy Israel.
Retiring honorees were Ron Hobbs, Judy Day, Eleanor Young, Tom Wilkins, Mary Margaret Kljunak and Barbara Forletta.
The club awarded on May 9 its Vocational Scholarships of $1,000 to one student each from Burbank, John Burroughs and Monterey high schools and Burbank Adult School to pursue their vocational careers.
The winners are Greg Fields, Kevin Lahaie, Monica Pardo and Ana Teresa Renteria. In addition, Sijin Park was awarded the E. Daniel Remy Scholarship for Outstanding Key Club Member.
Student Citizenship Awards were also presented to one student from each grade level at John Muir Middle School. The winners are Arpa Shahijanian, Sevan Shahijanian and Katie Westbrook. Kudos to our Burbank teachers and students.