Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is pleased to announce that Shauneé Breaux Roberson, a teacher and director at the Training and Research Foundation Ozzie Goren Head Start preschool in Los Angeles, is the Second District recipient for the Los Angeles County Preschool Teacher of the Year Award. Roberson, joined honorees from the four other Supervisorial Districts at an awards dinner hosted by Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) on Thursday, April 26, at the Universal Studios Globe Theater in Universal City. For the last 17 years, Roberson has demonstrated a commitment to early education and child development. Currently, she is a lead preschool teacher and a role model for the children and families that she serves.
Roberson, who describes teaching as her calling, began working with children as a high school student. She believes that working in early childhood education allows her to positively impact the lifelong development of the children she teaches.
As a single mother of three children, including one with special needs, Roberson is a testament to the ideals of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. For the past 5 years, Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) has honored preschool teachers who exemplify excellence and go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that their students receive an excellent educational start in their lives. This year’s other honorees are Silvia Leon, Montara Avenue School; Kathleen Coppinger, Lemay Early Education Center; Maribel Cobian, Un Mondo de Amigos Preschool; and Anna Shirokova, Teremok Preschool. In addition, Molly Munger, Co-Director of the Advancement Project, and John J. Aglogia, founding LAUP Board Member, will also be honored for their achievements in early education.
“Early childhood education is vital in ensuring the long-term success, maturation and development of all children,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “I applaud each of these remarkable honorees for their outstanding dedication to improving the lives of children and families throughout the County.”
Los Angeles Universal Preschool was established in 2005 by First 5 LA as an independent non-profit entity with the goal of providing high-quality preschool for all four-year-old children in Los Angeles County. Since its founding, LAUP has supported the operation and/or development of more than 325 preschools in Los Angeles County, touching the lives of over 50,000 children through enriching curricula and nurturing environments aimed to best prepare children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.