Anderson, Tushla lauded by Chamber of Commerce at GMSP!

March 23, 2005
Santa Paula News

An outstanding educator and a Chamber of Commerce volunteer were honored during the March Good Morning Santa Paula! gathering at Logsdon’s at the Airport.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesAn outstanding educator and a Chamber of Commerce volunteer were honored during the March Good Morning Santa Paula! gathering at Logsdon’s at the Airport. Don and Debbie Johnson, owners of the Santa Paula Times, hosted the chamber-sponsored event.Teacher of the Month Susan Anderson is “very special,” noted Renaissance High School Principal Lorenzo Moraza. The school has approximately 120 students, predominantly juniors and seniors who “must be 16 years of age to take part in our program. Susan has had a tremendous impact” on the school as the Language Arts teacher, teaching English, reading and other related subjects.Anderson is a founding member of the school in 1971, being the first teacher hired. She is the most senior and one of the most tenured teachers in the district.Anderson has a master’s degree in education with an emphasis as a reading specialist, and is “one of the few with a cross-lingual credential…Susan has been a UCSB Scripps Fellow” since 1980. Moraza noted that Anderson has “some of those strong beliefs” related to holistic education that students must be educated on the whole, ranging from arts to physical education. She has discovered that students have become “more scared” than they were before, due to the world crisis and how same will affect their futures.
“Susan is an outstanding teacher,” said Moraza. “A teacher can’t be a good teacher without a good principal and Mr. Moraza is a good principal,” Anderson said.Connie Tushla was honored as the Chamber Member of the Month with an award presented by Ben Schuck. “Anyone knows what you do time after time…you hide when you see Connie, you know she’s going to ask you do something,” said Schuck.“Connie is committed not only to doing good” for the Chamber but also for the community as a whole. “You are the role model that I hold.”“So many good things are happening here in Santa Paula, there’s so much energy in economic development and new development,” said Tushla. “Thanks so much for the exaggeration of the truth!”John Macik/Santa Paula Chevrolet provides the monthly Chamber award plaques.



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