The Garvey School District has announced Alice Keiko Nishimoto as Garvey School District Teacher of the Year as the school year opened this past Tuesday. Superintendent Sandra Johnson presented the award. Having taught for 15 years at Rice Elementary School in Rosemead, Alice Nishimoto has received numerous grants from National Endowment of the Humanities to study at various places in the East Coast during the past summers. She teaches fifth grade.
Most recently, she returned from North Carolina where she received a grant called “Crafting Freedom” to learn about what happened to the slaves after the Civil War. She has also served as a BTSA Mentor and PAR Consulting Teacher and Lead Teacher in the k-12 Science Alliance while at Garvey.
She has worked with the Ocean Institute, Aquarium of the Pacific, and Cabrillo Beach and Marine Aquarium at various capacities to enrich “water” education for her students.
Because of this work, she was honored with a proclamation from the California State Senate for the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District Groundbreaking Project.
Alice attributes her success due to the support she has received from fellow teachers. Also honored were: Christine Almanza, Bitely School; Alan Chan, Dewey School; Peggy Adams, Emerson school; Michael Drange, Garvey Intermediate; Elizabeth Lee, Hillcrest; Larry Chang, Monterey Vista School; Michael Kenny-Sanchez and Christopher Spitler-Temple Intermediate; Raquel Galan, Willard School.
She attended Maryknoll School, Sacred Heart of Mary High School, Whittier College, and California State University, Los Angeles. She resides in Monterey Park.