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Parr: One of the 'Sweet 16'

Local teacher gets top honors in the county

Posted: September 29, 2008 10:00 p.m.
Updated: December 1, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Christine Parr, an English language development teacher at Placerita Junior High School, is one of 16 Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year, representing the profession's best of the best in the largest honors competition for educators in the state.

Parr was named one of the "Sweet 16" Monday morning during a ceremony at the Hilton Universal City.

"I was really excited and surprised that in my short teaching career I've come this far," said Parr, who has been teaching for six years. "It just made everything I've done over the years worth it."

Contestants submitted essays, lesson plans and other materials to judging panels in addition to undergoing personal interviews. Each county winner received a certificate and a $1,000 cash prize.

Parr looks forward to telling her students the news on Wednesday when they return from fall break.

L.A. County's winners automatically advance with other county finalists from across the state to the California Teachers of the Year competition this fall.

The state will announce its five co-winners in November, and one of those will be selected to represent the state of California next spring.


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