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Photo of G. Amanda Kemp

Leaders of the Ravenswood City School District celebrated the announcement that G. Amanda Kemp, a seventh grade English language arts and social studies teacher at the Ronald McNair Middle School in East Palo Alto, was named the 2014 San Mateo County Teacher of the Year for the Secondary Grades.

In recognizing Ms. Kemp, a veteran teacher of 16 years, the San Mateo County Office of Education cited her work in developing the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program at McNair Middle School, a college readiness curriculum designed to accelerate learning and support students interested in taking on more rigorous coursework.

Ms. Kemp proudly accepted the award, which she characterized as the culmination of a life long passion to teach.

“Every day, I strive to make my classroom a place where students create and explore their goals with the passion of an ignited fire,” said Ms Kemp. “This award is a great honor, one that I share with the many hard working teachers at McNair Middle School and throughout the Ravenswood City School District who are equally dedicated to the success of our students.”

Ravenswood City School District’s newly appointed Superintendent Gloria Hernandez praised Kemp’s accomplishments in the classroom, citing her as an outstanding representative of the District’s many devoted teachers, who have been instrumental in boosting student achievement across the District.

“Ms. Kemp personifies the incredible momentum that I feel at Ravenswood City School District,” said Superintendent Hernandez. “Her well deserved award will be celebrated across the District, where it will surely further energize our teachers and staff given the enormous success Ravenswood has achieved and the positive direction in which we are headed.”