Over the weekend, Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, was honored by the California Teachers Association with a Gold Award for being an Outstanding Public Official in his leadership and support of teachers and education.
Williams, a former educator at both the junior high school and university level, was honored at a ceremony held Friday at the Ventura Beach Marriott. Several educators from the area were also honored by the Channel Islands Service Center Council of the CTA, including:
» Ruthann Burnell, a teacher at Serra Elementary School and retired executive board member of the Ventura Unified Educator Association
» Rae Stevens, site representative from Portola Elementary School and various VUEA committees
» Kathy Riley, with the Hueneme Education Association
» Sandra Kelble, with the Oxnard Educators Association
» Ray Bedoy, with the Ventura Classified Employees Association
“As we are staring at fiscal Armageddon for the state, there is no group of workers that I am more honored to stand with than our teachers,” Williams said.
— James Joyce is a field representative of Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara.