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MDUSD Students, Teachers and Program Honored at Pleasant Hill Community Awards


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MDUSD Students, Teachers and Program Honored at Pleasant Hill Community Awards

Outstanding students, educators and science education program recognized at the Pleasant Hill Community Awards Night.


WHAT: Pleasant Hill’s Annual event acknowledges contributions of the District’s students, teachers and programs.


WHEN:  Tuesday, February 21, 2017


WHERE:  Pleasant Hill Community Center, Pleasant Hill




Two students and four teachers from the Mt. Diablo Unified School District were recognized at the Pleasant Hill 46th Annual Community Awards Night last night in Pleasant Hill.

The students, Katelyn Downing and Maggie McCoy, from College Park High school received the Teen of the Year Award.


Katelyn, who has a 4.5 GPA, is a teen council member as the council vice-chair, a school-wide poetry winner and an ex-officio member for the Pleasant Hill Rec and Park board. She volunteers by teaching younger kids how to ride and care for horses.


Maggie is a community service representative for leadership and a peer tutor at her high school. She volunteers for several community events including the Relay for Life where she led her own team in 2015. Her GPA is above 4.0.


Four teachers, Jen Larson-Guerra from Strandwood Elementary, Kate Thomas and Raj Virk from College Park High School, and Eric Utler from Pleasant Hill Middle School received the Educator of the Year Award for their unique, inspirational approach to teaching, enthusiasm, compassion, use of technology, and dedication to creating an excellent learning environment.


Also recognized with the Green Community Award was the District’s Farm to School Program, which provides science education through hands-on lessons at school gardens, and sources locally grown and produced food for school cafeterias. Currently four schools participate, including two in Pleasant Hill.



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Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We are proud of our award-winning staff and extensive honors and recognitions for our innovative programs in Career Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is also pleased to have launched its first middle college program, College Now, and is planning to open its first International Baccalaureate program in 2017. Extensive student support services help ensure an inclusive culture of excellence and achievement for all students to help them prepare for success in college, career, and life. Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Published:2/22/17
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