Los Gatos High School world languages teacher Ann Jordan was honored at the 44th annual Santa Clara County Office of Education teacher recognition celebration Sept. 26 at the Campbell Heritage Theatre with the Teacher of the Year Award.
She was among 31 educators who earned the coveted recognition after being selected by their school districts for extraordinary efforts in academic instruction.
Jordan has grown the Japanese program at LGHS to seven classes since she started it in 2001.
Jordan serves as department chairwoman at LGHS. This past May she was named as the Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District Teacher of the Year.
"Ann is a caring, charismatic, knowledgeable professional who inspires students, challenging them to give their best, empowering them to learn and grow as Japanese speakers and as human beings," the district said in a press release.
"Ann works collaboratively with the department and has planned many cultural events for her students and the school. She is annually hosting Japanese visitors, bringing in speakers, taking students to Japan and, above all else, modeling a heart for diversity and the benefits of the richness found in diverse cultures," the release stated.
Jordan was also praised for being "a model educator" who has inspired her fellow teachers to take risks in the classroom, work tirelessly for students, and give a range of educational experiences to deepen their learning and passion for other languages and learning in general.
"Her department respects her, her students adore her, and she is a model for all of us," according to the release.
This year Jordan was also recognized as the California Language Teachers’ Association Teacher of the Year.