Carlsbad teacher one of five California Teachers of the Year

CARLSBAD (KUSI) – A broadcast journalism teacher in Carlsbad was named today one of five California Teachers of the Year.

Doug Green teaches students in grades seven through 12 at Valley Middle School and Carlsbad High School, according to the state Department of Education.

He will be feted at a gala event in Sacramento in February.

Jocz was nominated by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson as California’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year. "The teachers we are honoring today are dedicated, energetic, innovative and very effective,” Torlakson said. "Every day in the classroom they inspire students to learn, excel and realize their full potential. Their work provides a great example for other teachers.”

Teachers are chosen for the honor based on criteria including rapport with students, classroom environment, presentation skills and teaching methods. According to the state, Green has been teaching for 24 years, and splits his day between the middle and high school.

He began his career as a social worker, helping to tutor students who were struggling with reading. After receiving his teaching credentials, he initially taught eighth-grade language arts, and was later asked to design a broadcast journalism elective course.

"Mr. Green’s work has transformed his students, and led to successful high school, college and career opportunities that were made possible by having him as a teacher,” Valley Middle School principal Tom Bloomquist said.

"The work that students are able to do in Mr. Green’s class is truly student- centered and student-driven, with the support of a charismatic and thoughtful teacher.”

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