Capistrano Unified School District High School Teacher of the Year!

Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge


Three Local Teachers Surprised During Classroom Celebrations
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – Three Capistrano Unified School District teachers have been named 2020 Teacher of the Year for their outstanding commitment to their students. District officials, school colleagues, friends and family gathered to announce the winners during surprise classroom celebrations on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

District Board of Trustees members Gila Jones, Amy Hanacek, and Judy Bullockus, Superintendent Kirsten Vital, and District Executive Cabinet Members were present for the announcements and congratulated the winning teachers – Steve Lopinto of Laguna Niguel Elementary School, Lindsey Behm of Marco Forster Middle School, and Christy Curtis of Capistrano Valley High School – for their commitment to student success.
“Congratulations to all of our CUSD Teachers of the Year,” said Superintendent Vital. “Each of these incredible teachers represent the amazing teaching and learning that happens all across the District. We are so grateful for their inspiring work.”

Capistrano Valley High School Teacher Christy Curtis is surprised with the High School Teacher of the Year award in front of her class. Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge

Usually, I am not for loss of words, but this special honor is one that has left me with endless gratitude and appreciation as recipient of this award. Thank you Capistrano Unified School District, fellow teachers, staff, and STUDENTS who have made the journey as a High School Teacher possible. Over the past 16 years at Capistrano Valley HS, and 19 years of being an educator, I have been a coach, athletic director, administrator, and NOW, have the opportunity to teach our students YOGA & MINDFULNESS! I am blessed, grateful and overjoyed to share this award with fellow CUSD educators. Thank you again for your support! #yogaandmindfulnessinschools