Cynthia Landeros, a teacher at Horace Mann Elementary in Glendale, has been chosen as Woman of the Year for the 43rd Assembly District, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) announced today.
Landeros was named Glendale Teacher of the Year in 2009, but received a pink slip — or a notice of possible lay-off — from the district as part of contentious budget-cutting period with the teachers union.
In a statement, Gatto called her “a model for teachers” throughout California.
“But I also chose her because of what she went through last year,” he said. “Receiving a layoff notice after being named Teacher of the Year is illustrative of the type of things teachers are facing with the uncertainty caused by the lack of adequate education funding.”