UNIVERSAL CITY — Kris Kohlmeier, a teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, leads mock trials and investigations with his history students that resemble a plot from “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” more often than giving classwork.
Students prep cases and duel as prosecutors and defense attorneys in a communitywide assembly, a mix that earned a spot Tuesday as one of 16 people named Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year, and the only one from Glendale Unified School District.
Glendale Unified School District board member Joylene Wagner and President Mary Boger and Supt. Michael Escalante attended the ceremony at the Universal Hilton to see Kohlmeier receive $1,000 as part of her award. The “Sweet 16” will move on with other county winners to the California Teachers of the Year competition in November, where five teachers will be chosen to represent California at the national level next spring.