The Bee's Knees Teacher Awards

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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.


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.