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Posted: December 1, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 1, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Amanda Sweigart Amanda Sweigart
Amanda Sweigart

Amanda Sweigart, a 2001 graduate of Saugus High School was just honored as a Distinguished Mentor Teacher from the Santa Barbara County Education Office for 2013-2014.

This award covered the area from Ventura up through Santa Maria and the many schools districts throughout this area.

Salute to Teachers is a event pioneered in San Diego and covers numerous districts throughout California. This year’s event was held at the Bacara Resort and Spa and was sponsored by Cox Communications, the County Office of Education, Anthem Blue cross as well as numerous business throughout Santa Barbara. The MC was Andrew Firestone from the Bachelor as well as Firestone Winery.

Amanda received her college degree, teaching credential and Masters and was hired at the age of 22 as an elementary teacher at Ellwood Elementary School. Her career has seen her as a summer school principal, stand in principal at her school , PTA Liaison and mentor for new teachers. Last year she also received her fellowship through UCSB. The daughter of a Special Education Teacher she knew she wanted to be a teacher from a very early age.

Dennis Naiman, Supervisor of new teachers in Santa Barbara was quoted as saying, “Not one new teacher who leaves our program can leave without first visiting Amanda’s classroom to observe her teaching style. He also stated that Amanda is one of the most respected teachers in Santa Barbara. Amanda is an outstanding teacher as well as mentor for new teachers entering the profession.

Her family and friends would like to congratulate her for all her hard work and her dedication as a teacher as well as a mentor for receiving this award.



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