Teacher Stephanie Fisher Honored as #AD58 Teacher of the Year

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Nomination Ceremony

Warren High School Teacher Chosen by Peers, Community

(Downey, CA)- Warren High School chemistry teacher Stephanie Fisher was selected as the #AD58 2019 Teacher of the Year.  Ms. Fisher was nominated by her peers and community for the annual award by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, honoring an outstanding educator in the 58th Assembly District.

“Ms. Fisher’s dedication and compassion has undoubtedly changed the trajectory for the better for her students,” said Garcia, a former math teacher.  “She has served as an inspiring role model that has influenced the lives of her students far beyond their academic achievement.  Our community is grateful and lucky to have her educating our children.”

Fisher began her commitment to students prior to even becoming a teacher, while she was a nutrition undergraduate at the University of California at Berkeley.  Upon earning her degree, she returned to Southern California and earned her teaching credential from California State University Long Beach.  Her career as teacher began in 2005 at Downey Unified School District’s Warren High School where she taught biology and remains today as a beloved chemistry teacher and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) mentor.

Fisher is known for creating an interactive and positive learning environment that mentors personal achievement for her students holding them, and herself, to high standards she models daily. She’s planned several SAT prep classes and the College Road Trip to fuel a passion of learning through commitment, perseverance and hard work. With her efforts, AVID has grown from conducting six classes to 14 classes per academic year. As a result, several first generation students have received the proper support and guidance to prepare for their educational and professional futures. Her work has contributed greatly to Warren’s 97% 4-year college acceptance rate.

Group photo with Asm. Garcia and nominee

Fisher was selected from a pool of nominated teachers from Downey, El Rancho, ABC Unified, Montebello, Bellflower, Norwalk -La Mirada, and Little Lake unified school districts. Hers stood out as exceptional for the work she’s done with students to champion a path of academic success and equity.

Garcia presented Fisher with a resolution commending her contributions to the community during a staff development session this week because she didn’t want to miss her commitment to her students when the annual ceremony takes place at the State Capitol in May. Nominations for #AD58 Teacher of the Year are due by April 1st every year and can be made on Garcia’s website here:https://a58.asmdc.org/ty.

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The 58th Assembly District includes the cities of Montebello, Pico Rivera, Commerce, Bell Gardens, Downey, Norwalk, Bellflower, Cerritos and Artesia.

CONTACT: Teala Schaff, (916) 319-2058