The Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation (VCEF) named Danna Lomax, language arts teacher at Anacapa Middle School in Ventura, as November’s Teacher of the Month. VCEF board member, Pattie Braga, along with elected representatives and members of the business community, presented Lomax with a plaque to commemorate the award .
Lomax was acknowledged for her commitment to creating engaging learning experiences, her high level of involvement in on-campus and district committees, and her expertise in bilingual education. Her recognition-worthy efforts include presenting at numerous county and district workshops on bilingualism as well as bringing a salsa dance instructor into her classroom to supplement a cross-curriculum course on bilingualism and biculturalism.
“Danna is extremely dedicated to Anacapa’s students, both in her classroom instruction and outside of class time,” said Anacapa’s principal, Barbara Boggio. “Her doors are always open to interested students, whether or not they are in her classes, and she is constantly seeking ways to develop new and exciting learning opportunities.”
In her 18-year teaching career, Lomax has received multiple Impact II awards, including the Ed Lyon Award for Excellence in Education in 2013. Her efforts have also earned the school several Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) grants.
Teacher of the Month nominees must be credentialed teachers and display certain qualities, such as outstanding commitment to students, service to school or district committees, involvement in projects on their own time and/or participation in youth-focused activities in the community. All principals and parent-teacher organizations from schools within the Ventura Unified School District are eligible to submit nominations. For more information about the Teacher of the Month program, please contact Pattie Braga, chair of the Teacher Appreciation Committee with the VCEF, at PBraga@VCCUonline.net or (805) 477-4052.