SCOTTS VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL PAST RECIPIENTS
September, 2018 – John Postovit, Math and Physics
John Postovit has been teaching math and physics for 27 years, the last 10 years at Scotts Valley High School. He has previously won the IB Educator of the Year Award for California/Nevada, and the Educator of the Year Award from the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce. Prior to teaching, he worked a number of years in the night vision goggle industry as an optical engineer.
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April, 2018 – Mark Andrews, Biology & Environmental Science
Most recently, Mark Andrews has been teaching Environmental Science and Biology classes at Scotts Valley High School for these past 6 years. In developing a new curriculum for Environmental Science at SVHS over the past 3 years, Mr. Andrews has embraced the new NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) by creating an “outdoor classroom for his students by building a sustainable organic garden and landscaping plan for the entire SVHS campus to be implemented by over 150 students for each of the next three years.
Prior to teaching, Mr. Andrews spent 20 years as a sales and marketing executive working in different areas of the pharmaceutical industry. Most notably, working on a team with Proctor and Gamble to brand and launch ALEVE. In between careers, Mr. Andrews spent 6 years as a stay at home parent with his daughters Jianna and Joelle, which he would say was the most important job of his career.
September 2017 – Julia Root, English
Mrs. Julia Root started her teaching career seventeen years ago in Southern California. She graduated from UCSB with a B.A. in English and earned her teaching credentials in History and English from Cal State Northridge. She taught at Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard and moved to the Bay Area and taught for eight years at Capuchino High School, another IB High School. She currently resides in Soquel and is the ideal soccer mom, and loves attending movies with her husband. She also plays tennis, runs, and does yoga.
May 2017 – Lynne Near, Spanish
Lynne Near became a teacher because she enjoys working with tomorrow’s leaders. She hopes that by learning Spanish her students are better prepared for a multilingual world. She encourages them to find opportunities to use Spanish here in California, and she hopes they can travel and study in a Spanish speaking country in the future.
Lynne finds great joy in teaching Spanish to future doctors, nurses, artists, actors, scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs…What other job has such a diverse group of people working together? When she is not at school she loves spending time with her family, gardening, cooking and reading.
Lynne earned her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in History at U.C. Santa Cruz. She earned her teaching credentials at California Lutheran University, a small school close to where she grew up in Southern California. Before coming to Scotts Valley High School she taught bilingual Kindergarten and first grade in Oxnard, California.