Amyleen Tuiza, a Special Education teacher for the Riverside County Office of Education, was a finalist for State Teacher of the Year, according to an announcement Friday, Nov. 9 by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
The five State Teachers of the Year were I’Asha Warfield of Oakland, Sebastien Paul De Clerck of Ventura, David Goldenberg of Tustin, Veronica Marquez of Los Angeles, and Martin Reisert of San Diego.
While not chosen as a State Teacher of the Year, Tuiza was included in the group of six teachers in the finalist group.
Tuiza was chosen as one of three Riverside County Teachers of the Year selected in May, representing 18,000 teachers in the county and placing her in the running for statewide honors.
Tuiza serves students with moderate to severe autism at Phillip Stokoe Elementary School in the Alvord Unified School District. She has been a teacher for 14 years, 10 in her current position.
She has a bachelor’s degree from the Emilio Aguinaldo College in the Philippines, and a credential as an Education Specialist from National University.
She has previously worked as an Intensive Behavioral Intervention In-Home Supervisor, a teacher in the Oakland Unified School District, and a Special Education teacher in the Philippines.
She supports the Reach Autism Project. She is involved in many community projects, including collecting and donating supplies for less fortunate students in the Philippines. Nominators said her “behavioral background gives her enormous skill with assessment and data. She is known for her professionalism, humility, warmth and humanity. Her determination, skill, humility and compassion are an inspiration.”
Locally, the 2012-2013 Riverside County Teachers of the Year will be honored along with administrators, confidential and classified employees in May 2013 at the Riverside County Celebrating Educators event.
*Contributed by Riverside County Office of Education