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School District Names Teacher of the Year

The school district is accepting applicants for a spending advisory panel. (File Photo)

Mandie Cline, a kindergarten teacher at Ruby Bridges Elementary School has been named teacher of the year. (File Photo)

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) has named Mandie Cline, a kindergarten teacher at Ruby Bridges Elementary School, teacher of the year for the 2015 to 2016 school year.

According to a media release, Cline, who has been teaching at Ruby Bridges since it opened in 2006, was chosen for her passion for arts education, her dedication to community building, and her deep support of her students as “whole children.”

Cline has a bachelor’s degree in art and education, as well as a master’s degree in fine art printmaking. She began her teaching career in Cleveland, but since 2005 she has been teaching in AUSD. In addition to her work as an educator, she has worked as an assistant at printmaking and booking studios. This year she won a full scholarship to be a studio assistant for a session on book arts at the Penland School of Crafts this summer.

Nominees for AUSD Teacher of the Year come from parents, students, staff, and the community. After being invited to submit materials (including a resume and letters of support), a selection committee observes nominees in the classroom and then interviews them. Next fall, Cline will compete to become Alameda County Teacher of the Year.

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