Bill Garrett, a 14-year veteran Calabasas teacher, was honored Friday at a ceremony at Universal Studios as a Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year. Sixteen honorees were chosen from among the county’s 75,000 teachers, according to the county Office of Education.
Garrett, a drama teacher, was also selected as LVUSD Teacher of the Year.
“He exemplifies all that our LVUSD staff is…caring, creative, passionate, nurturing, talented and focused on student success,” said Dr. Dan Stepenosky, district superintendent. “He is a true leader on the Calabasas campus with his work for the ASB, the drama department and among the staff. He’s the best and we’re thrilled he’s on the team.”
A life-long resident, Garrett attended AE Wright Middle School and graduated from Calabasas High.
CJ Foss, principal of Calabasas High, told CV Happening that she is “honored to work with Bill Garrett, stellar Theatre teacher, and ASB Advisor.”
Below is an excert of the letter of recommendation she wrote for Garrett in April:
It would be easier to write about what he doesn’t do, than list his many contributions. However, what is most impressive about him is the way he approaches all he does, always striving for excellence, setting the bar higher, collaborating with his colleagues, and inspiring all with his creativity and humility.
Garrett received his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts at California State University, Northridge and his Master’s Degree in Education at Pepperdine University. During his time at CHS, Garrett has directed over 30 productions, coaches the famed Comedy Sportz and produces an annual student written/directed Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre.
Garrett is currently president of the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California. His awards include two-time CHS “Golden C” recipient, “LVUSD Teacher of the Month” and “Los Angeles County’s Most Inspirational Teacher.”
In November, five California winners will be announced, one of which will be selected to represent California in the National Teacher of the Year competition in the spring.