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Release: #16-22
March 18, 2016
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

Superintendent Torlakson Visits Top Teachers in Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson visited Los Angeles today to recognize teachers Daniel Jocz, a 2016 California Teacher of the Year and one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year award, and Anthony Yom, whose student earned a perfect score in the Advanced Placement (AP) calculus exam.

Torlakson was joined by Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King during visits to Downtown Magnets High School and Lincoln High School.  

"Daniel and Anthony are examples of great teaching in action," Torlakson said. “They are passionate, set high expectations for students, and bring innovation into their classrooms."

Jocz was named last year as one of five California Teachers of the Year and selected as a finalist by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), a nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education.

Jocz has been an educator for 11 years, all of which have been at Downtown Magnets High School, where he serves as department chair and teaches social studies including AP U.S. History, World History, and Leadership.

One of Yom's students, 17-year-old senior Cedrick Argueta, made headlines in January when he was recognized as one of 12 students worldwide to earn a perfect score in the AP Calculus test.

All of Yom's AP students have passed the exam for the last three years. He has taught at Lincoln High School for 11 years and serves as math department chair. He is also a mentor teacher at the Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency, an intensive program that leads to earning a teaching credential and master's degree at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA).

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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