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Schools Name ‘Teacher of the Year’

Triana Ramazan

Triana Ramazan

Top of the World Elementary School teacher Triana Ramazan was named teacher of the year, the school district announced this week.

Ramazan was recognized for her ability to intervene with students at every level in the district’s K-12 Response to Intervention program to ensure that each student is progressing.

“It’s a reading intervention program for students needing additional reading instruction who are below the benchmark as well as students who need a challenge,” Ramazin explained.

Ramazan, who taught kindergarten in San Jose before coming to LBUSD, received the award at the district’s board meeting Tuesday night with her husband, Kevin, and young daughter, Lyra.

“She possesses a wide repertoire of skills and is especially good at helping our students achieve gains in literacy,” Supt. Sherine Smith said in a statement.

“She doesn’t just see herself as a teacher of her own class; she sees herself as embedded in the fabric of our entire school, district, county and state. She believes every student is her student,” said Principal Ron La Motte.

Ramazan, the daughter of a kindergarten teacher, has worked as the reading interventionist specialist at TOW for six years and has been teaching for 12. She expressed admiration for her peers’ collaborative approach to education.

Ramazan earned an undergraduate degree from UC Irvine and a master’s degree specializing in reading at National University.

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