Educator of the Year nominee Maria Green relies on Brandman connections for guidance

November 17, 2017
Maria Green

Maria Green earned a teaching credential from Brandman and is up for an Educator of the Year honor among middle school teachers.

Maria Green is a finalist for the California League of Middle Schools Region VII Educator of the Year award. She represents both her school, John Muir Middle School, and the Corcoran School District.

Green, who earned a Multiple Subject Credential in 2006 by taking classes at the Hanford campus, learned the news from Dave Whitmore, an adjunct faculty member at Brandman, and co-worker Jonathan Sorrick, who earned his M.A. in Teaching and B.A. in Social Science from Brandman.

It’s just one of the many ways her Brandman connection has stayed with her through nine years of teaching math and science and her last two years as an English Language Development teacher at the middle school in the Central Valley.

“I jumped at the opportunity of something new exciting,” she said of making the switch, adding that being nominated for Educator of the Year is a dream come true. “At the beginning of this journey, I knew that my personal goal was to put 100 percent effort into the best job I could as a teacher. I have always known that hard work pays off.”

Green said the relationships she built as a student at Brandman made a “huge impact” on her teaching. “All my teachers were and are local educators in my community and they are aware of present issues with my students. I found that building these relationships with these teachers has been invaluable. To this day, I feel that I could reach out to many of my Brandman teachers for guidance and help.”

Green will find out if she goes from finalist to Educator of the Year at a ceremony on Dec. 5.


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