Dear Lafayette Families and Community,
I just finished watching the finale of America's Got Talent held at Radio City Music Hall. I am not a TV watcher by nature, but I was struck by the fact that TV works hard to honor talent. Think Emmy's, Academy Awards, talent shows of every variety…each with a huge finale to celebrate talent.
Well...I want to highlight the fact that Lafayette's Got Talent. While our talent does not (and likely should) grace the stages of Radio City Music Hall, the talent in our District is just as inspiring and breath taking. We have two extremely talented teachers who have just recently received very special recognitions and are taking center stage this year. I am proud to share their achievements with you.
Olivia Vann is a second grade teacher at Springhill Elementary School who was selected as the Lafayette School District’s Teacher of the Year and was recently an honoree at the 2014-2015 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year event held last month. Mrs. Vann is an exemplary, passionate educator who, for over thirty three years, has continued to serve our District and inspire students.
Mike Meneghetti, a science and robotics teacher at Stanley Middle School for 32 years, was recently selected as one of three teachers in Contra Costa County to receive the 2014 Warren Eukel Award. The Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust recognizes truly gifted teachers who excel in their field. Award recipients are recognized by local and national dignitaries, including the President of the United States. The annual Eukel grants send a special measure of recognition to the recipient, and provide much needed encouragement to the entire educational community.
We are so proud to honor both Mrs. Vann and Mr. Meneghetti for their amazing work and contributions to teaching. Like the very best actors, they are representative of our teachers who devote thousands of hours to their craft. They are innovative, nurturing, and dedicated to providing a learning experience for students that is second to none. Every single day Mrs. Vann and Mr. Meneghetti, along with teachers throughout our District, work to deliver spectacular lessons in their classrooms that, in other professions, would be worthy of great applause, standing ovations, and additional awards.
Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Vann and Mr. Meneghetti on their very special honors. I hope we always celebrate and never take for granted the incredible talent that defines the Lafayette School District.