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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #13-32
March 8, 2013
Contact: Pam Slater
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California
Teacher Chosen as National Online Teacher of the Year

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today congratulated Renee Citlau, an online teacher at Cypress High School and a lead online teacher for the Anaheim Union High School District, for being named the 2013 National Online Teacher of the Year by the Southern Regional Education Board and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.

"Renee clearly has the special set of skills educators need to engage their students in the relatively new and swiftly evolving world of online education," Torlakson said. "It's wonderful to have a California teacher recognized for her outstanding ability to help students thrive in this digital age."

As the National Online Teacher of the Year, Citlau will represent the online learning field at several events and professional conferences, sharing her expertise and insight with audiences across the country, according to the Southern Regional Education Board, which makes this award annually.

In support of online education, Torlakson unveiled in 2011 a new interactive California Directory of Online Schools and Programs designed to help people make more informed decisions about online kindergarten through grade twelve educational options throughout the state.

To access the California Directory of Online Schools and Programs, "A Glossary of Terms Related to Online Education," and "Frequently Asked Questions about Online Education in California," please visit the California Department of Education's Web site at Online Education Index - Taking Center Stage - Act II (TCSII).

Renee Citlau's photo may be accessed at: Multimedia.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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