eInstruction by Turning Technologies Honors Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year Recipients with Educational Technology Solutions

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA – As part of a commitment to promote teaching excellence, eInstruction by Turning Technologies, the leading partner for learning engagement and assessment services, is proud to recognize the recipients of the 2014-2015 Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year award. In all, 16 teachers were honored during a ceremonial luncheon on September 19th for their exemplary dedication, compelling classroom practices, positive accomplishments and professional engagement to student success.

To express appreciation and gratitude, eInstruction by Turning Technologies presented each finalist with Insight 360 software and awarded the top honoree with an array of educational technology solutions including Insight 360, Mobi 360 mobile interactive whiteboard and a classroom set of ResponseCard NXT student response devices.

“We are honored to recognize the accomplishments these teachers are making in the classroom and greatly appreciate all the work they are doing to inspire students to thrive and succeed,” said eInstruction by Turning Technologies K-12 Sales Manager Monica LeRoy, who attended the ceremony along with K-12 Southern California Regional Sales Executive Richard Villasenor, who presented the award certificates. “Teacher effectiveness is a key strategy to successful learning and our solutions will only help to build upon stronger instructional practices and excite learning with students.”

The Los Angeles County Office of Education hosts the annual competition to spotlight the best in education and honor educators who can serve as standard-bearers for the teaching profession and their 80,000 classroom colleagues countywide. Candidates are selected from their districts and then are required to submit essays, lesson plans and other instructional materials to be reviewed by a panel of distinguished educators. This year’s finalists are now in the running for the California Teacher of the Year award. The state winner will then advance to the national competition, which takes place in the spring of 2015.

“Eleven women and five men judged to be the best of Los Angeles County schools were selected among 75,000 teachers. They represent the profession’s elite,” said Kostas Kalaitzidis, Los Angeles County Office of Education Public Information Officer. “We hope our teachers are successful during the next levels of competition at the state and then national levels.”

The 16 Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year recipients for 2014-2015 are:

Edward Theodore Meyer – Baldwin Park Unified School District

Kimberly Baljet – Castaic Union School District

Debbie Plumley – Claremont Unified School District

Julie Romero – Downey Unified School District

Mercedes T. Michael – Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

William Garrett – Las Virgenes Unified School District

Veronica Camelo – Little Lake City School District

Jean Davis – Long Beach Unified School District

Gail Hamilton – Long Beach Unified School District

Maricar Fortuno Catalan – Los Angeles Unified School District

Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher – Los Angeles Unified School District

Isabel Morales – Los Angeles Unified School District

Michael Morgan – Los Angeles Unified School District

Hector Perez-Roman – Los Angeles Unified School District

Maggie Mabery – Manhattan Beach Unified School District

James Estabrook – Torrance Unified School District

About Turning Technologies

Turning Technologies creates leading instructional, assessment delivery and data collection solutions for learning environments. Founded in 2002, the company began with the development of response technology that was affordable, user-friendly and better documented so that users could easily grasp its benefits. Today, over 15 million response devices have been delivered to K-12 schools, universities and businesses worldwide. As the recognized leading provider of assessment delivery and data collection systems, Turning acquired eInstruction in 2013 to expand both its market share and product offerings across all industry segments. eInstruction is a proud pioneer in education technology with more than 30 years’ experience and a diversified solution set that includes innovative classroom instruction systems, interactive whiteboards, research-based software and professional development that facilitate significantly higher levels of collaboration, engagement and achievement across all stages of the learning process. Adding to its robust product portfolio, Turning also now offers the Triton Data Collection System, a technology-enabled testing solution that combines the front end ease of paper testing with the efficiencies of computer-based testing, rock solid reliability and security for various assessment and certification environments. Based in Youngstown, OH, information on Turning Technologies can be found at www.TurningTechnologies.com. Follow @TurningTech.


The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) is the nation’s largest regional education agency. Under the leadership of Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Arturo Delgado and the County Board of Education, LACOE, supports 80 public school districts and numerous other agencies in ensuring educational excellence for the region’s two million preschool and school-age children.


About the Author:

Abi Mandelbaum

Abi Mandelbaum is CEO of YouVisit.