An art teacher at Clark Magnet High School has been named Educator of the Year for Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
"I am amazed, I am humbled by it," said art teacher Judith Craemer. "I know many fine teachers. I just feel very fortunate. I don't teach so I deserve an award; I don't do things to get public recognition."
She will compete against 10 other teachers for the statewide distinction at a conference in Sacramento next month. The award was bestowed by the California League of High Schools/Middle Schools.
"Judith Craemer is by any definition an outstanding member of the teaching profession," Clark Magnet Principal Doug Dall said. "Her many years of teaching have touched the lives of countless students. Her commitment to excellence inspires growth and achievement in all of her students at Clark."
Craemer — one of 15 nominees from Region 8, which includes Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties — was honored at a banquet last week. Nominations are submitted to the California League of High Schools/Middle Schools by colleagues or district administrators, said regional coordinator Susie Shapiro.