Nine of the area’s best educators were selected to be this year’s Ercia Harden Teaching Excellence Award Winners at a ceremony at Hartnell College Friday night.
All teachers in elementary school through college are eligible to be nominated for this award. The 2008 recipients of the Harden Award are:
Margarita Avila, a second grade teacher at Gabilan Elementary School in Soledad.
Charea Batiste, a language arts teacher at San Benancio Middle School in Salinas.
Nancy Gist, a second grade teacher at Toro Park School in Salinas.
Angela Haller, a third grade teacher at Oak Avenue Elementary School in Soledad.
Carol Kimbrough, a psychology instructor at Hartnell College.
Juan Menendez, a fifth grade teacher at San Lorenzo Elementary School in King City.
Carlos Moran, a social studies at Central Bay Continuation High School in Salinas.
Mark Romo, a middle school teacher in the Opportunities Program at Vista Verde Middle School in Greenfield.
Karen Towle, a banking and finance teacher at Mission Trails ROP in Salinas.
The Harden awards were established in 1989 by the Harden Foundation, which advances charitable causes in the Salinas Valley. The award is named for the wife of Eugene Harden, an early agricultural leader of the Salinas Valley. The Hardens died in the mid-1980s.
The awards are administered by Hartnell's Center for Teacher Education and the Hartnell College Foundation to recognize teachers on the basis of excellence in instruction, assistance to students, curriculum development, and commitment to activities outside of the classroom.