The Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) Board of Education recognized Santiago High School teacher Sheri Zoratti at its December 13 meeting for being named a Carlston Family Foundation Outstanding Teacher of America.
Zoratti was nominated by Santiago graduate William Beltran, who also attended the board meeting, and more than 16 former students who supported her nomination by writing recommendations. Each of the Carlston Family Foundation award-winning teachers are nominated by former students who are successful in their academic and life pursuits.
The president of the Carlston Family Foundation, Timothy M. Allen and Santiago Principal Michael Kennedy attended the Board meeting to congratulate Zoratti, and read powerful excerpts from the recommendation letters from her former students. The Carlston Family Foundation awarded Zoratti with $20,000, a portion of which is donated to Santiago High School.
“We commend Sheri on this well-deserved honor and on the profound impact she has made on countless students,” said Board of Education President Lan Nguyen. “Sheri is a shining example of the dramatic difference a teacher can make in the lives of students who need someone to believe in them.”