Assemblymember O’Donnell Honors Outstanding Local Teachers

For immediate release:

(LONG BEACH) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) kicked off Teacher Appreciation Month with his 4th Annual Teacher Recognition Ceremony on Thursday Family, friends, and colleagues gathered to celebrate 15 teachers from the 70th Assembly District who go above and beyond for their students and community. Assemblymember O’Donnell presented each with an Extraordinary Teacher Award.

“It is important that we take the time to appreciate and honor those who share the gift of knowledge through teaching,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. “As a teacher and Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, I am proud to be surrounded by so many remarkable teachers who are dedicated to our students inside and outside of the classroom. Thank you for the outstanding work that you do every day.”


The 2018 Teacher Recognition Ceremony honorees included: (photos available here)

Gabriella Añorve

Torrie Jean Baker

Brandie Borges

Eric Cabacungan

Tony Damico

Jacquelyn Gainer

Alina Heavin

Andrea Hoover

Juliane McCall

Monica Patterson

Pamela Penn

Ethel Seminario-Laczko

Lyle Theile

Darith Ung

Laurie Wilkerson


This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and Assemblymember O’Donnell will present HR 105 on the Assembly Floor today, declaring May 9, 2018, the Day of the Teacher. 



Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro, and Catalina Island.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                 CONTACT: Paige Pelonis

May 7, 2018                                                                                                (562) 429-0470