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California Teachers of the Year Awardees 2022

California Teachers of the Year Awardees for 2022.

News Release and information regarding the California Teachers of the Year (CA TOY) Awardees for 2022.

Nichi Renea Avina

Grades 6–8, Science, Environmental Science and Ecology
Cielo Vista Charter School, Palm Springs
Palm Springs Unified School District, Riverside County

Nichi Avina is a middle school science teacher at Cielo Vista Charter School in the Palm Springs Unified School District, Riverside County.

Nichi Renea Avina may be contacted at Ceilo Vista Charter School at 760-416-8250 or navina@psusd.us.

Alondra Diaz

National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Grade 3, Multiple Subjects
Ralph A. Gates DLI Magnet Elementary School, Lake Forest
Saddleback Valley Unified School District, Orange County

Alondra Diaz is a third-grade general education and dual emersion teacher at Ralph A. Gates Elementary School in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, Orange County. Thurmond also nominated Diaz as California's representative for the National Teacher of the Year competition. Diaz will compete against other state nominees, and the 2022 National Teacher of the Year will be announced in the spring.

Alondra Diaz may be contacted at Ralph A. Gates DLI Magnet Elementary School at 949-837-2260 or alondra.diaz@svusd.org.

Tiffany Jokerst

Grades 9–12, Mathematics and Engineering
West Hills High School, Santee
Grossmont Union High School District, San Diego County

Tiffany Jokerst is a ninth- through twelfth-grade mathematics and engineering teacher at West Hills High School in the Grossmont Union High School District, San Diego County.

Tiffany Jokerst may be contacted at West Hills High School at 619-956-0400 or tjokerst@guhsd.net.

Sovey Long-Latteri

Grades 13+ Adult Transition Program (ATP), Severe Special Education (SDC)
La Sierra High (Alternative) School, Fullerton
Fullerton Joint Union High School District, Orange County

Sovantevy Long-Latteri is a special education teacher at La Sierra High School in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District, Orange County.

Sovey Long-Latteri may be reached at La Sierra High (Alternative) School at 714-447-7821 or slonglatteri@fjuhsd.org.

Virginia Vasquez

Grades 11–12, English: Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Composition, Pursuing Our Dreams through Education and Responsibility (PODER)
San Gabriel High School, San Gabriel
Alhambra Unified School District, Los Angeles County

Virginia Vasquez is an Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Composition teacher at San Gabriel High School in the Alhambra Unified School District, Los Angeles County.

Virginia Vasquez may be reached at San Gabriel High School at 626-943-6810 or vasquez_virginia@ausd.us.

Questions: Awards Unit | awards@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0842 
Last Reviewed: Friday, October 15, 2021