A Dana Middle School educator is among 16 Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year.
The 16 were selected from a field of 71 teachers who participated in the 31st Annual Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year competition. All participants had been recently selected as teacher of the year by their respective school districts.
Physical education teacher Daniel Johns and his fellow awardees attended a banquet in their honor Friday at Universal City.
"These are dedicated women and men who everyday make the most of a precious opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of their students," L.A. County Superintendent of Schools Arturo Delgado said at the banquet.
In addition to being interviewed, contestants submitted essays, lesson plans and other materials to judging panels comprised of education peers. The honorees will compete for one of five California Teacher of the Year slots.
The state Department of Education will announce those winners in November.