The Venice Chamber of Commerce held its second annual WaVe Awards celebration Thursday night to honor educators at Venice schools.
The awards ceremony took place at Lilly's French Cafe & Bar and was attended by the winning teachers and featured introductions by a principal or fellow teacher. Los Angeles Unified School District Board member Steve Zimmer, Boys & Girls Club of Venice Executive Director Erikk Aldridge and Venice Neighborhood Council President Linda Lucks were among those in attendance.
Venice teachers are nominated and selected by their peers and are recognized at the awards dinner where they received a plaque and a gift bag with donations from local businesses.
The following teachers at Venice schools were recognized:
- A Window Between Worlds, Rose Curtis
- Beethoven Elementary School, Carolyn Mills
- Boys & Girls Club of Venice, Michelle Shegda
- Broadway Elementary (Mandarin Immersion Program) Rae Cullen
- Coeur d'Alene Elementary School, Barbara Elson
- Ecole Claire Fontaine, Maira Marroquin
- Inside Out Community Arts, Camille Ameen
- Mark Twain Middle School, Jill Usui-Datwayler
- Neighborhood Youth Association, Abigail Vibiano
- Venice High School, Courtney Lockwood
- Venice Skills Center, Robert Yorgason
- Walgrove Elementary School, Ms. Sarabanda
- Westminster Elementary School, Sheila Bouffard
- Westside Global Awareness Magnet, Jeff Beard
The WaVe Awards were first held in 2011 by the Venice Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. Sponsors of the event included Google, YAS Fitness Centers, Claire Fontaine Ecole Bilingue and La Cabana.
(Editor's Note: Updated June 10, 2012, to add Venice High School teacher.)