By Brian Kaiserman
Mira Costa chemistry and astrophysics teacher Dan Bartlett received the Mira Costa Teacher of the Year Award on Tuesday.
The Teacher of the Year Award is presented to one Mira Costa teacher each year and recognizes their achievements in educating students. The award has been given out since 1990 in an attempt to award teachers who connect with their students and present the curriculum in an exciting and innovative way.
“I was really shocked and honored to win this award because there are so many other teachers who deserve it,” Bartlett said.
Costa’s staff nominated candidates for the award, who can be from any department. Bartlett has taught Honors Chemistry for many years, but this is his first year teaching Astrophysics, which is a new class offered at Costa.
“I love working with my students because they are honest and full of life,” Bartlett said. “What always draws me back is being able to share and experience the curriculum with my students.”