Paso Robles High School teacher Jeff Mount was named the district teacher of the year Tuesday night.
Mount, who was honored during Tuesday’s school board meeting, is now a two-time teacher of the year winner. In 1999, Mount was recognized as the teacher of the year at Los Gatos High School.
For the past decade, Mount has helped Paso Robles High School’s journalism program achieve national recognition. During that time, Crimson, the high school’s magazine, has been recognized as one of the top 20 high school journalism programs in the country. (The magazine recently placed sixth in the Best of Show category at the National High School Journalism Convention in Seattle. And it has earned numerous other awards.)
A Princeton University graduate, Mount has taught English for 22 years and journalism for 18. He also teaches graphics and ninth-grade honors English.
He has taught at Paso Robles High School since 2000.
While Mount was the district teacher of the year, each school also named a teacher of the year. They included: Deb Lauridsen, Freedom Community Day School; Carol Horrell, Pat Butler Elementary; Celia Moses, George Flamson Middle; David Haste, Lewis Middle; Mount, Paso Robles High; Jennifer Lutz, Virginia Peterson Elementary; Mary de Puentes, Georgia Brown Elementary; Erin Haley, Bauer Speck Elementary; Stacey Medeiros, Liberty High; Stacey Halebsky, Kermit King Elementary; and Stacy Summers, Winifred Pifer Elementary.
Babette DeCou was named management employee of the year.