BROOK KNOLL ELEMENTARY PAST RECIPIENTS
September 2017 – Mike Igoe 3rd Grade (no photo available)
June 2017 – Danielle Cruz, 4th Grade
I am proud to consider myself a local girl. I have been a resident of Scotts Valley/Santa Cruz since 1983 and am a product of Scotts Valley schools. I went through Vine Hill Elementary (shout out to Wendy Baron, Marnie Cox and the late Tony LaBue), and then Scotts Valley Jr. High (Mr. Ross is still there<3), before graduating from Harbor High in 1992. I studied at Cabrillo and transferred to SJSU with the intention of becoming a documentary filmmaker or journalist, but instead found my way into teaching. After graduating I decided that I wanted to work with underserved parts of our county, and was happy to find a home at Ann Soldo School in Watsonville. In my 10 years there I worked with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to provide additional support to foster children at our site, all the while staying committed to serving the needs of my students and families, many of whom worked in the fields, and for whom English was a second language.
Four years ago, I was thrilled at the chance to be able to come back to my childhood district where I joined the staff of Brook Knoll. I’m proud to bring a spirit of diversity and multiculturalism to my students, and continue to teach many of the things that I was passionate about in Watsonville, especially Art, hands on Science and Engineering, and Spanish! I love the sense of giving back to the community in which my educational journey began, and I’m happy to be a Brook Knoll Eagle!
May 2017 – Lisa Jacobs, Resource Teacher
If one of her students feels that they cannot achieve their dreams, Brook Knoll Resource teacher, Lisa Jacobs, shares the lifelong path she has been on to realize her own dream of making a difference as a teacher. Beginning at the age of 8, Lisa volunteered in a preschool where she experienced children using their unique learning styles to discover the world around them. This led her on a lifelong journey of teaching through an individualized approach.
Lisa’s passion to study more about learning differences, took her to Austin, Texas where she worked at Texas School for the Blind and Deaf while earning her Bachelor of Science degree and Elementary and Teacher of the Visually Impaired teaching credentials. Upon returning to California, Lisa taught grades Pre-K-12 while attending graduate school to earn a California Multiple Subject (traditional classroom K-12) and Learning Handicapped teaching credential; Resource Special Education Certificate, and later a Certification as a Behavioral Intervention Case Manager, Certificate of Completion of second language learner-EL/CLADD, and Educator Authorization (Autism). She received a certificate from National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) program. As each student’s need becomes apparent, Lisa is driven to find the most recent and relevant information to try and meet their needs.
Along with teaching, Lisa’s extensive travels have allowed her to share a greater understanding and love of diversity, and the differences that make individuals and cultures unique and wonderful. Sixteen years ago, her travels, studies, and large family brought her back to Santa Cruz where she feels lucky to be chosen as part of SVUSD, and Brook Knoll where she currently shares her passion for learning and inspiration with students from kindergarten to fifth grade.
Since the beginning, Lisa has been living her dream of sharing her knowledge, skills, and insight with her amazing students. “I am grateful to be part of the exceptional “village” of teachers, staff, families, and community members that work with me to help students develop their unique skills, and passions to take out into the world and make a difference of their own. It has always been my wish that my family of students believe in themselves as much as I will always believe in them.”
Lisa has received awards for Teaching Excellence from Balance for Kids; Children’s Advisory Committee, Santa Cruz Literary Council, Bee’s Knees SV, and Point Arena High School Board.