Educator of the Year


Our 40th Annual Educator of the Year celebration is going to be different of course because... 2020. Instead of our live gala at the Palos Verdes Golf Club we are producing a video program that will be presented on February 4th, 2021. Told you it would be different. But honoring Peninsula teachers is too important to be derailed. Our crack team has been busy for months planning and producing a show that will be entertaining and moving as well as we introduce you to the nine educators of merit and distinction that will be honored as Educators of the Year. 

The response to obtaining 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.”

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club has presented these honors for four decades, for the most part under the leadership of Ms. Joan Behrens chairing the EOTY Committee and  Masters of Ceremonies.

Our Fund-Raising Committee 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 $410,000 for such scholarships and grant. Our Rotary Club is immensely grateful to those that contribute to this important Peninsula tradition. You can reach the committee by email at

February, 2021

(day to be announced)


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 Chairs at