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On behalf of the Rialto Unified School District Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila, we are proud to congratulate Mr. Brent Copeland, Kucera Middle School science teacher, for being selected as a finalist for the 2020-2021 “Educator of the Year” (EOY) award by the California League of Middle Schools (CLMS) for Region 10.
Mr. Copeland teaches seventh grade science. During his 17-year career teaching, all of which has been at Kucera Middle School, he’s also taught English and social studies. He serves as the PBIS lead and has been the department chair for English and the Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) program in the past.
The 22 finalists for the award were honored during a virtual celebration on December 7, 2020.
According to CLMS, Mr. Copeland is very deserving of this recognition. He is a dedicated teacher who treats each student as an individual in order to better meet his or her needs.
“I'm honored to hear that others think I'm doing a good job,” Mr. Copeland said. “I have always tried my best and carefully consider how to instruct my classes and modify lessons for my various learners. Teaching can feel relentless, but I pride myself on working hard to make sure I'm always prepared for my students.”
In his video speech recorded for the virtual celebration, Mr. Copeland mentioned several students who have returned to thank him, sometimes long after they’ve left his classroom. It’s those connections that continue to inspire him.
“At the end of my career as I reflect upon what I have accomplished and those have impacted, I hope to be remembered as a caring teacher who made learning fun,” Mr. Copeland said in the speech. “I strive to create caring relationships with all my students.”
In the nomination, Mrs. Roxanne Dominguez, Principal of Kucera Middle School, cited Mr. Copeland’s dedication and the fact that he has remained agile as he switched from teaching English and social studies to science in recent years and then, this year, from classroom teaching to Bridge Academy.
“I knew Mr. Copeland would be the perfect fit in the Science Department as he has a passion for teaching, exhibits a natural curiosity that is infectious, and draws the uninterested middle schooler into the fascinating world of science,” Mrs. Dominguez said. “He has built his classroom to include weekly hands-on activities in a variety of science labs. Mr. Copeland has been an inspiring teacher leader in this area, going above and beyond to learn different technological platforms and incorporating them into his daily lessons. His students can now engage in virtual science labs. Mr. Copeland also volunteered his time to hold webinars for the staff to teach others how to use the various platforms.”
This is the second straight year that a Kucera Middle School teacher was selected as an EOY finalist in Region 10. Mrs. Amy Lewis, Kucera math teacher, was nominated for the award last year.
Congratulations, Mr. Copeland, for your continued dedication to our students. The Rialto Unified School District is very proud of the outstanding work that you do.
The Rialto Unified School District is seeking your input on the District's Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP). This plan presents the District's goals, initiatives and investments to improve student outcomes. This survey is anonymous and responses will be aggregated for use by District staff and stakeholder engagement groups to inform the LCAP for 2021-22.
Thank you for sharing your voice!
El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Rialto está solicitando sus aportaciones referentes al Plan de Control del Distrito para Rendir Cuentas (LCAP, por sus siglas en inglés.) Este plan describe las metas, iniciativas e inversiones del Distrito con el fin de mejorar los resultados estudiantiles. Esta encuesta se presenta anónimamente y se recabarán las respuestas para que el personal del Distrito y los grupos de participación de las partes interesadas puedan usarlas para orientar el LCAP para el año 2021-22.
¡Gracias por compartir su voz!