Murrieta Valley Unified School District names teachers of the year


Last updated 4/5/2018 at 10:42am


Barbara Rosales, second grade teacher and Title 1 specialist for English language learners at Murrieta Elementary School, is one of the 2018 Teachers of the Year, chosen by Murrieta Valley Unified School District.

MURRIETA – Murrieta Valley Unified School District Superintendent Pat Kelley announced that Barbara Rosales and Ocean Walker are the district's 2018 Teachers of the Year. Walker teaches intensive language arts to students in seventh and eighth grade at Dorothy McElhinney Middle School, and Rosales teaches second grade and works with English language learners and students who need interventions in all grade levels at Murrieta Elementary School. These two educators work with students who need extra support and their influence makes a remarkable difference in the lives of their students.

Rosales has been teaching elementary school for 12 years in the district, and her goal is to eliminate the achievement gap for minority students, she said. She coordinates her school's English Language Advisory Council and serves on the district's English Language Advisory Council. She also coordinates and teaches the English Learner Summer Academy at Murrieta Elementary. Rosales started the first elementary Ballet Folklorico club at Murrieta Elementary, and as the club advisor, she helps students learn about and celebrate their history and culture. Rosales said she pushes her students to do more than they ever thought possible by believing in them, caring about them and cheering for them when they accomplish their goals. Rosales wants to be a teacher that sparks a fire and helps students take ownership for their accomplishments and achievements, she said. When they do that, Rosales said, students gain confidence, and they are motivated to work harder to succeed.

Walker has been teaching for 20 years, 18 in Murrieta Valley Unified. As a master teacher, Walker supports new teachers in the district, and she trains teachers to use several technology programs used in the classroom. Walker's approach is unique for every student because no two students are alike, she said. Walker said she relies heavily on assessments and data from the technology programs used in the classroom. After she identifies a student's Reading Inventory Score, she works with the student's other teachers and counselors to provide the instruction and support each student needs. Walker said there is nothing more rewarding than helping a child become proficient in reading. She teaches her students that being successful takes hard work, dedication, perseverance and a growth mindset.

Her favorite part of teaching is seeing a student meet their goals and seeing the pride they feel when they accomplish something they never thought they could accomplish.

As district teachers of the year, Rosales and Walker are eligible to enter the Riverside County Office of Education 2017 Teacher of the Year competition.

For more information, call Karen Parris at (951) 696-1600, ext. 1022.


Ocean Walker, an intensive language arts teacher at Dorothy McElhinney Middle School, is one of the 2018 Teachers of the Year, chosen by Murrieta Valley Unified School District.


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