John Glenn High School science teacher Mitch L’Angelle was honored May 11 for 25 years of extraordinary leadership among students and colleagues by the Teachers Association of Norwalk-La Mirada (TANLA) at the We Honor Ours (WHO) Awards Banquet.
“I truly love working at Norwalk-La Mirada because of my fantastic colleagues in education and the students whom I care deeply for their growth and success in life,” L’Angelle said. “I accept this award on behalf of all the hard-working teachers in Norwalk-La Mirada.”
L’Angelle has spent his entire Norwalk-La Mirada Unified career at John Glenn High. Originally hired in 1991 as a physical education teacher, L’Angelle quickly transitioned into the classroom, and now teaches anatomy/physiology and biology, as well as serving as the chairman of the science department.
“Mitch L’Angelle is a man of great character,” TANLA President Clay Walker said. “His willingness to participate in association activities and so often be a voice of reason has served his colleagues and the District very well. We are proud to honor him.”
L’Angelle is a member of the NLMUSD Superintendent’s Cabinet, where his thoughtfulness and clarity are held in high regard. He also serves on the NLMUSD Teacher of the Year selection committee and the TANLA scholarship committee.
Credited with inspiring and encouraging students and teachers alike, Nuffer Elementary School kindergarten teacher Denise Daguimol was honored as the Teacher of the Year at Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District’s 2016 Star Awards on May 10 at Excelsior High School.
“I am honored and very proud to represent the teachers in the District, who I consider my family,” Daguimol said. “I enjoy working with them. They inspire me.”
Daguimol came to Nuffer in 2006, after 10 years at Edmondson Elementary. She is a graduate of South Gate High School, received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Cal State Fullerton, her teaching credential from UCLA and a Master of Education from Concordia University.
Nuffer Elementary principal Mak Sar was not surprised Daguimol was selected for the top honor.
“She works so well with the students and staff,” Sar said. “I am very happy for her. She is a wonderful person and a great teacher.”
Daguimol was honored at the annual ceremony, which recognizes dedicated teachers, classified employees and administrators for their commitment to the District. Teachers and classified employees nominated by their peers at each school site were also recognized.
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified’s Escalona Elementary School was honored with a California PTA 2016 Spotlight Award during CAPTA’s San Diego Convention May 4-7 for engaging students through its October 2015 Red Ribbon Week.
The week consisted of five spirit days centered on the “Just Say No” campaign and community service efforts that included staff, parents and students donating 10 ponytails to Wigs for Kids, writing more than 400 letters to soldiers and donating 578 pairs of socks.
“The Escalona Elementary PTA provides wonderful opportunities for our staff, parents and students to contribute to our community, and this award speaks to their dedication,” NLMUSD Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian said. “Our students learned how to make safe, responsible decisions from the Red Ribbon Week program and how to be more compassionate individuals.”
Escalona Elementary third- and second-grade combo teacher and Red Ribbon Week coordinator Renee Ivy wanted to connect their Red Ribbon Week spirit days to a service activity that would give back to the community.