The Jim Burke Education Foundation recognized a counselor in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District and a teacher in the Kern High School District as 2014 educators of the year Tuesday night at its 19th Annual Teacher of the Year Awards ceremony.
The foundation, established to recognize exemplary efforts to educate students, named Janet Antongiovanni, a counselor at Warren Junior High, and Kathleen Bruce,an earth science teacher at Golden Valley High School as recipients of its highest award.
Golden Valley Principal Paul Helman acknowledged Bruce for what he described as "tireless devotion" and an "unmatched" commitment to science education.
Warren Junior High Principal Gary McCloskey described Antongiovanni as the "epitome of excellence."
The foundation awarded more than $19,000 in grants to 31 teachers, five high school seniors and six community organizations.
Teacher of the Year winners received $500 stipends and $500 contributions to the school departments of their choice.
Other recipients included:
* Rebecca Bledsoe, an English and reading teacher at Chipman Junior High; and Natalie Ryan, an agriculture instructor at North High, who both earned the Jim & Bebe Burke Rising Star Award;
* Students Patrick Crowley, of Bakersfield High; Casey Ross, of West High; Karla Murillo and Abigail Mejia of UCLA; and Lauren Cline, of Point Loma Nazarene University, who received $2,000 renewable scholarships for their academic achievements and community service; and
* Students Karla Luna, of Mira Monte High; and Sara Baldridge, of Highland High, who earned $1,000 scholarships from the Owen McCarthy family.