Pomeroy Elementary School teacher Laurie Fiatal was one of 30 Santa Clara County 2023 Teachers of the Year selected by their school districts for their exceptional dedication to students, skills in the classroom, and commitment to lifelong learning.
“I think that every student deserves the opportunity to get an education and to achieve as much as they are capable of,” shared Fiatal. “My students have severe autism and significant cognitive disabilities, and most people only see what is on the outside and make judgements based on what they see.”
The 11th year Special Day Class educator, who has enjoyed her entire professional career with MUSD, teaches first through third graders. She holds a Clear Moderate-Severe Education Specialist Credential, a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders, and a Masters of Arts in Education (concentration in Special Education) from San Jose State University.
“To me, getting to know the child inside, to see the person and their potential, and to have the opportunity to recognize and encourage that potential, is what fulfills me every day,” she added.
Fiatal was honored at the 53rd Annual Teacher Recognition Celebration hosted by the Santa Clara County Office of Education on October 23 at the Campbell Heritage Theatre.
“Laurie is an amazing teacher. She plans engaging and appropriate lessons for all of her students,” shared Milpitas Unified School District in Fiatal’s profile. “She ensures that her students participate in all school events and grade level field trips. She continues to advocate for her students and educates the staff as she does this."
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING:
The governing board of Milpitas Unified School District will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.