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LAUP Names LA County Preschool Teachers of the Year

LOS ANGELES, May 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) --

Los Angeles -- Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) has selected this year's "Preschool Teacher of the Year" recipients as well as the recipient of the Elizabeth Hamilton Lowe & Bob Weekley Child Advocacy Award.

This year marks the 9th Annual LAUP Preschool Teacher of the Year Awards. The countywide preschool teacher recognition acknowledges the quality, creativity and hard work of those who teach children during a time when, according to researchers, rapid brain development can be leveraged toward long-term academic achievement.

Winners hail from each of Los Angeles County's five supervisorial districts and have gone "above and beyond" to provide excellent learning environments and classroom experiences for preschool children. For the selection process, LAUP uses an external committee comprised of county officials and early education experts.

"This year we received the most/greatest number of nominations, providing the most competitive field yet. The submissions were filled with stories of inspiring career history and heartwarming anecdotes, proving once again that LA County can boast of the best and the brightest in early childhood education," said LAUP's CEO, Dr. Celia C. Ayala.

This year's Preschool Teachers of the Year are:

• District 1: Karina Cisneros of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy ECE Center in Pico Union: Predominantly serving low income families, Cisneros goes above and...


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