Dorothy Grant Elementary School has been at the forefront of the Fontana Unified School District's push toward academic excellence for several years, so it was fitting that one of that school's educators received the district's top honor recently.
Edgar Beltran, a special education teacher, was lauded as the FUSD's 2019 Teacher of the Year during the School Board meeting on May 8.
"There are so many other teachers who deserve this award, and I am so thankful that the district decided to choose me," Beltran said.
Beltran, who is in his 10th year as a special education teacher, instructs students in grades 3-5 who have mild to moderate disabilities, and he enjoys his job immensely. "Every day I learn from these students," he said.
He is extremely pleased to be at Grant, which was recently renamed Dorothy Grant Innovations Academy because of the school's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) academies.
"I like the leadership shown by our principal, Anne-Marie Cabrales," he said. "I love the ambience and the environment that she has built here."
Beltran has done his part to enhance the school's environment by creating a gardening club that meets during lunch time to bring the art of horticulture to the campus, said Joe Bremgartner, the district's associate superintendent of human resources.
"I hope to spread this idea to more schools in the district," Beltran said.
Beltran grew up and went to school in East Los Angeles. He attended Garfield High School and Roosevelt High School, followed by East Los Angeles College and finally California State University, where he earned his teaching credential and master's degree in special education.
----- THE FUSD ALSO announced all of the Site Teachers of the Year for 2019:
• ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS:
Almond -- Julia C. Topliff
Beech Avenue -- Robin J. Proctor
Kathy Binks -- Timothy J. Mayer
Canyon Crest -- Melanie L. McKinney
Chaparral -- Shawna M. Corona
Citrus -- Carolina Holt
Cypress -- Jennifer M. Montgomery
Date -- Lisa M. Vasquez
Dolores Huerta International Academy -- Janet Rivera
Hemlock -- Alicia Binks
Juniper -- Keisha E. Moore
Live Oak -- Michelle M. Miletta
Locust -- Lateefah D. King
Mango -- Lydia J. Devine
Maple -- Danielle M. Stute
North Tamarind -- Dawn L. Meade
Oak Park -- Gail A. Lehrbass
Oleander -- Diane M. Terry
Palmetto -- Santiago Alvarez
Poplar -- Deborah M. Westside
Ted J. Porter -- Marlon G. Rojas, Jr.
Virginia Primrose -- Tamara L. Hernandez
Randall-Pepper -- Martha A. Altamirano
Redwood -- Karen C. Leubner
Shadow Hills -- Cynthia A. Quinto
Sierra Lakes -- Kimberly S. Lucas
South Tamarind -- Cheri L. Mabrie
Tokay -- Michelle E. Cardenas
West Randall -- Shannon E. Lema
• MIDDLE SCHOOLS:
Alder -- Angela M. Coracero
Almeria -- Rianna R. Daigle Kraynak
Fontana -- Dale R. Brooks
Wayne Ruble -- Kelly L. Cordova
Sequoia -- Emily E. Probst
Southridge Tech -- Brian J. Bolda
Harry S. Truman -- Matthew Torres
• HIGH SCHOOLS:
Fontana A.B. Miller -- Michael Vedo
Eric Birch -- Steven l. Whitley
Citrus -- Khristine M. Brunk
Fontana -- David W. Fischer
Jurupa Hills -- Armando Fresquez, Jr.
Henry J. Kaiser -- Anthony J. Allmond
Summit -- Dennis J. Diggins
Early Education-Preschool -- Jaime L. Henderson
Fontana Adult School -- Leah D. Watson-Rodgers
Elementary Instruction -- Roger A. Sands