San Luis Obispo
San Luis Coastal Unified School District recently announced that William Walters has been selected as the district’s Teacher of the Year.
Walters is a special education teacher at San Luis Obispo High School, where he is responsible for educating students ages 3 to 22 who have severe disabilities and medical needs.
His 13 years of teaching experience has extended beyond the classroom in the form of Team Joseph, a running and triathlon team founded by John Cornelius, whose son Joseph — who has cerebral palsy — is a student in Walters’ class.
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The team collaborated with Cal Poly kinesiology and mechanical engineering students to develop a flotation device so Joseph could compete with his teammates in the SLO Triathlon. Walters alternated with three team members to pull Joseph for the half-mile swim in addition to cycle and run events.
Walters is also active in the community as a program specialist for Project Surf Camp, a camp that helps individuals with special needs through aquatic activities.
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Thanks to donations from San Luis Ambulance, Central Coast Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, French Hospital, KSBY and the physicians at Coastal Cardiology, eight automated external defibrillators were distributed to various sports venues at Cal Poly to ensure a higher level of cardiac safety for student athletes.
The new defibrillators will be at Mott Athletic Center; Bob Janssen Field; Baggett Stadium; Alex G. Spanos Stadium; the track, tennis courts and upper practice fields.