Posted by Laurie Udesky on June 3, 2015.

Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher is an 8th-grade English teacher at Dodson Middle School in Rancho Palos Verdes. She is the recipient of the 2014 Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year award and the 2015 recipient of the California Teacher of the Year award. Marquez-Prueher is a National Board Certified teacher who has been teaching for more than a decade.

She said she knew from a young age that she wanted to be a teacher, inspired by two teachers in particular. As a young immigrant from the Philippines who was struggling to learn English, she said she was about to be inappropriately placed in a special education class after performing poorly on a test because of her limited English. But her 6th-grade teacher at Ynez Middle School in San Gabriel convinced school authorities that Marquez-Prueher failed the test because she was learning English, not because of a disability.

Read the full article in EdSource.