Christina Masciel, IUSD middle school Teacher of the Year, has been teaching at Jeffrey Trail Middle School since it opened in 2013. “Christina truly exemplifies the values of an excellent teacher, who does what is best for kids,” said Jeffrey Trail Principal Michael Georgino.

Irvine’s best of the best

These teachers and police officers help keep Irvine the best place to live in America

by Irvine Standard Staff

Each year, the Irvine Police Department and Irvine Unified School District honor their top public servants — the best of the best, as recognized by their peers. Here are this year’s honorees.

Officer of the Year – Detective Michael Moore

“The Irvine community works hard to help each other and be good partners with the police.”

Officer of the Year, Detective Michael Moore

Supervisor of the Year – Sgt. Michael Bryant

“It is rewarding to provide police services to a community that genuinely cares about sustaining a high quality of life in Irvine. The people are what make our job worth it.”

Supervisor of the Year, Sgt. Michael Bryant

Civilian of the Year – Forensic Specialist Debora Werksman

“Irvine residents always show their appreciation, are respectful, friendly and grateful, which makes a great relationship, as the feelings are mutual.”

Civilian of the Year, Debora Werksman

Teacher of the Year – Jo-Ann Welche, Eastwood Elementary, kindergarten.

“I get excited when I see my students spark that love of learning. It is the best feeling to see a student with a big smile because they figured out how to read a word all on their own or … when they get the robot to knock down their towers.”

Elementary School Teacher of the Year, Jo-Ann Welche

Teacher of the Year – Christina Masciel, Jeffrey Trail Middle School, eighth-grade history.

“I have the opportunity to teach young adults how to be civic-minded and promote community involvement. My class is the last civics course students will take before they vote. I see this as both a privilege and a responsibility to engage my students in their community and become the problem solvers of the future.”

Middle School Teacher of the Year, Christina Masciel

 Teacher of the Year – Linzi Gorzycki, Woodbridge High School, math.

“Irvine’s education system is unlike any other district. This school district values professional development and growth. As society is evolving, the need to change how students are taught is evolving. Our district values all stakeholders and makes sure that everyone is heard.”

High School Teacher of the Year, Linzi Gorzycki