Educator of the Year

The 39th Annual Educator of the Year celebration this year held on November 6, at the Palos Verdes Golf Club, will honor nine outstanding Peninsula educators for their outstanding teaching and professional contributions to their schools and colleges.

Honorees for 2019 will include these fantastic educators:

Charles Miller – Peninsula Heritage School

Annie Spalding – Chadwick School

Major Stacy Cross – College for Officer Training, TSA 

Dr. Greg Levonian – Marymount California University

Martha Kruener – Silver Spur Elementary School

Stacy Upton – Cornerstone at Pedregal School

Benjamin Kroon – Miraleste Intermediate School

Christina Varela – Palos Verdes High School

Leslie Blanchette – Rolling Hills Prep School

The response to getting this honor was best summed up in the words of the 2018 Chadwick School honoree, Kimberly Tatman, who said “Each day I get to go work at a job I love, where I grow in profound ways, and where I'm surrounded by a group of inspiring educators.  Being recognized for that work as Educator of the Year is both humbling and amazing. I am truly grateful.”

This is the 39th year this unique community event. For nearly four decades the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club has presented these honors, for the most part under the leadership of Ms. Joan Behrens and Dr. James Hartman who chair the EOTY Committee and also act as Masters of Ceremonies.

Mr. Harry Kitter chairs the Fund-Raising Committee that solicits sponsorship of the event from the broader business and educational community, as well as Rotarians who all contribute to college, vocational and Stem scholarships. These funds are then awarded annually from the Club Foundation to capable students in need from the Peninsula and the LA Harbor Boys and Girls Club. Over the last ten years the Club had distributed $350,000 for such scholarships and grant. Our Rotary Club is immensely grateful to those that contribute to this important Peninsula tradition. You can reach Mr. Kitter by email:

November 6, 2019

Dinner Awards Program

Social Hour: 5:45 p.m.
Dinner Served: 6:30 p.m. 

Palos Verdes Golf Club
3301 Via Campesina
Palos Verdes Estates

Support the Event by Sponsoring
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club, founder and host of the program, solicits support from the community to sponsor a reception and dinner to honor eleven teachers per year and to raise funds for scholarships for needy and talented students. It is a prestigious community event that celebrates one of the principle benefits to life on the Palos Verdes Peninsula: Excellent Education from Exceptional Teachers and Educators. 
Would you like yourself, or your company, associated with this premier event with nearly a four decades history? The income all goes to scholarships.
Contact our Sponsorship Chairman Mr. Harry Kitter


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