During its districtwide staff convocation prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year, the Rocky River City School District recognized two staff members for their commitment to their profession and the schools.
Luis Escobedo, a Rocky River High School (RRHS) Spanish teacher, was recognized as the 2017 Rocky River City School District Teacher of the Year. Anne Tomazin, library assistant at Goldwood Primary School, was recognized as the 2017 Rocky River City School District Employee of the Year.
Escobedo, who was selected for this honor by his peers and district administrators, is described as having high energy and enthusiasm for his profession, as well as a “severe commitment to excellence who pushes us all to accept change as necessary in order to improve.”
Escobedo joined the Rocky River City School District in 1999, becoming a department coordinator that same year. He also serves as advisor for the World Language Honor Society. He has a passion for teaching and is known to reinvent himself to best communicate content to students.
Outside of the classroom, Escobedo dedicates himself to promoting world cultures and second language learning. His efforts provided students with opportunities beyond Spanish class to interact with other world cultures and languages. He improved the RRHS Bridges to the World program and helped the high school establish a relationship with Federico Garcia Lorca, a sister school in Madrid. He also organized a trip to and from Spain last spring.
He and his wife, Jeanette Escobedo, a fellow RRHS Spanish teacher, have a son and a daughter who both attend Rocky River Middle School.
Tomazin is described as a team player who is kind, selfless and dedicated to educating children.
She began her career with the Rocky River City School District in 2006 as a lunch monitor. Today she is responsible for Tinker Space, an area that explore S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities through technology, print and creative educational materials. The program promotes student exploration and an excitement for learning.
“She creates learning opportunities that encourage critical and creative thinking, and push children toward their failure to find solutions,” her nomination reads.
Tomazin is a Rocky River resident with two children – a freshman at RRHS and a graduate.