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LAUSD Rookie of Year Teachers to be Honored at Dodgers Game

California Credit Union underwrote the Rookie of the Year event which takes place during the Dodgers-Angels game Aug. 2.

Los Angeles, CA, July 29, 2015 --( Twenty-three teachers from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) have been named Rookies of the Year for the 2014-15 school year.

This was the inaugural year for the LAUSD Rookie of the Year program. More than 920 first-year teachers were employed for the 2014-2015 school year. Eighty-seven first year teachers were nominated as Rookies of the Year by LAUSD school site administrators and new teacher support providers. Winners were selected by a committee.

All 23 teachers and their guests will enjoy the Dodgers-Angels game from a private suite, provided by Security Benefit, along with the Superintendent and Chief HR Officer. Each honoree will be presented with an award.

The LAUSD Rookies of the Year represent 16 elementary schools, one middle school, four high schools, one magnet school, and one college preparatory school. Rookies of the Year are:

Emily Aguon, Second Grade, West Athens Elementary
Rosalinda Aleman, Fifth Grade, Franklin Ave. Elementary
Jasmine Allen-Matora, Special Education, 24th St. Elementary
Edgar Avalos, Special Education, Middleton Street Elementary
Rachel Axelrad, First Grade, Hillcrest Elementary
Sara Benyaminy, Kindergarten, West Hollywood Elementary
Jessica Blake, Third Grade, Trinity St. Elementary
Rigoberto Cruz, Sciences, Franklin High School
Alexander Dinh, Biology, Downtown Business Magnet
Cindy Flores, Kindergarten, Van Nuys Elementary
Jessica Garcia, Kindergarten, Wisdom Elementary
Teasha Gilliam, Fifth Grade, Dr. Owen Knox Elementary
Lorenzo Hidalgo, Special Education, Bridge St. Elementary
Maria Huerta, Fourth Grade, Saticoy Elementary
Melissa Ally Kim, First Grade, Weigand Elementary
Aja Koester, English, Nava College Preparatory
Heidy Lopez, First Grade, Queen Anne Elementary
Kelsey Meek, Biology, Washington Preparatory High School
Jose Pillado, Special Education, Leichman High School
Julia Rosenmeyer, Kindergarten, 96th Street Elementary
Enrique Rodriguez, Special Education, Sheridan Elementary
Robert Sears, Special Education, Cochran Middle School
Patrick Sherwood, Math, Humanities & Arts Academy at Narbonne High School

Key characteristics for the Rookie of the Year winners were high levels of effectiveness in preparing and delivering instruction, providing a positive classroom climate with strong routines and procedures, a dynamic and engaging teaching style, and high levels of professionalism.

"Our teachers are the essence of our great schools by inspiring our young people. They give their students the strength and courage to learn and embrace lifelong learning," said Ramon Cortines, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. "I hope our honorees will be with the LAUSD for many years to come.”

The Rookie of the Year celebration at Dodger Stadium is being provided in partnership with Security Benefit, an official Field Level sponsor of the Dodgers. Security Benefit is a retirement specialist serving teachers and educators across the U.S.

The California Credit Union created the Rookie of the Year program in conjunction with Security Benefit to recognize educators within the greater Los Angeles community. "These teachers exemplify excellence in what they do," said Ron McDaniel, CEO of California Credit Union. "Our credit union was built on serving educators and we are proud to support a program that encourages and inspires excellent new teachers who are passionate about teaching the children of Los Angeles."

Second largest in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) enrolls more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, at more than 900 schools, and 200 public charter schools. LAUSD employs close to 60,000 people of which more than 1800 are new teachers. Our vision is that every student receives a quality education in a safe, caring environment, and will be college-prepared and career ready.

About California Credit Union
California Credit Union is a federally insured, state chartered credit union founded in 1933 that serves all California public or private school employees, as well as their relatives, members of the student body, and other related organizations. With more than 86,000 members and assets of nearly $1.4 billion, Glendale-based California Credit Union has 13 branches throughout the Los Angeles area. Visit to learn more.

About Security Benefit
Security Benefit, a 123-year-old, Kansas-based insurance company with approximately $29 billion in assets under management, is a leading retirement savings and income solutions provider. Through a combination of innovative products, exceptional investment management and a unique distribution strategy, Security Benefit is a leader in a full range of retirement markets and wealth segments. To learn more about Security Benefit, visit
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Dux Public Relations
Kristine Tanzillo
Amber Danford, CMO, California Credit Union

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