Karen Busch was surprised and honored to be named the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year by the Fontana Unified School District.

"I wasn't expecting it," said Busch, who has been teaching for six years at Beech Avenue Elementary School. "I was running against 44 stellar teachers in the district."

During the April 1 School Board meeting, the Site Teachers of the Year were recognized for their outstanding work and dedication on behalf of the students of Fontana. From this exceptional group of teachers, David Creswell, associate superintendent of human resources, announced that Busch had earned the top honor.

“This year’s District Teacher of the Year has 16 years of teaching experience,” said Creswell. “At a young age, her parents instilled in her that education was very important so that she could have a better life. She knew she wanted to be a teacher from the time she was in second grade.”

Busch went on to graduate from Cal State San Bernardino and was hired by the FUSD.

“She has high expectations for student achievement, and also holds them accountable to being good citizens,” Creswell said. “She creates an environment of joyful learning. She believes that every child is capable of learning at high levels and truly does whatever it takes to make that happen."

Busch said she enjoys watching students learn, and she said she is also very focused on "teaching them compassion and kindness."

The FUSD's 2014-15 Site Teachers of the Year:

• Nancy Wheeler, Almond Elementary School

• Michelle Goodrow, Binks Elementary School

• Julie Bello, Canyon Crest Elementary School

• Kimberly Arpaia, Chaparral Elementary School

• Tammy Chew, Citrus Elementary School

• Sarah Puchalski, Cypress Elementary School

• Elaina Rodriguez, Date Elementary School

• Lorinda Curti, Grant Elementary School

• Mary Beth Barron, Hemlock Elementary School

• Judy Taft, Juniper Elementary School

• Emelita Arevalo, Live Oak Elementary School

• Sheila Manning, Locust Elementary School

• Julia Rhoades, Mango Elementary School

• Danielle Stute, Maple Elementary School

• Suzanne Van Heerde, North Tamarind Elementary School

• John Russell, Oak Park Elementary School

• Regina Garcia Reeks, Oleander Elementary School

• Jaime Rhymes, Palmetto Elementary School

• Cynthia Magana, Poplar Elementary School

• Robert Soriano, Porter Elementary School

• Christina Duran, Primrose Elementary School

• Stephen Walker, Randall Pepper Elementary School

• Yvette Williams, Redwood Elementary School

• Alison Merritt, Shadow Hills Elementary School

• Christina Omar, Sierra Lakes Elementary School

• Ana Obrego, South Tamarind Elementary School

• Lorraine Chatigny, Tokay Elementary School

• Teresa Sewell, West Randall Elementary School

• Nicole Dzama, Alder Middle School

• Susan Strain, Almeria Middle School

• Kenneth Hines, Fontana Middle School

• Heather Mead, Ruble Middle School

• Sheila Crow, Sequoia Middle School

• Edward Ortiz-Perez, Southridge Middle School

• Carlos Avina, Truman Middle School

• Carmelia Bogdan-Olaru, Fontana A.B. Miller High School

• Jean Shaw, Birch High School

• Magdalena Vazquez, Citrus High School

• Patricia Wyss, Fontana High School

• Timothy Hannon, Jurupa Hills High School

• Linda Young, Kaiser High School

• Jennifer Karpinski, Summit High School

• Tina Rodriguez, Preschool (Kaiser High School)

• David Baker, Fontana Adult School

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