Valencia High School Teacher Is Named “Yale Educator of the Year”

According to Yale University, the Yale Educator Recognition Program recognizes outstanding educators from around the world who have supported and inspired their students to achieve at high levels. Candidates are nominated by matriculating students and a committee of Yale admissions officers selects honorees.

“This is one small way we can show our appreciation to the educators who shape our students long before they attend Yale,” said Jeremiah Quinlan, dean of undergraduate admissions at Yale.

Of this year’s 306 nominees who represent 39 states and 20 countries, 53 teachers and 30 counselors were selected to receive the award. Suchsland is the only honoree from Orange County. She was nominated by current Yale freshman Daniel Hamidi for the positive impact she had in preparing him for success at Yale. While a senior at Valencia High School, Hamidi was one of two students selected to represent California in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s 52nd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP).

Honorees were announced on August 30. Suschland received the news when the school year opened last week.

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