Haley Bashada McLaughlin, a Spanish teacher at California Area High School, was nominated by her superintendent, Dr. Laura Jacob, for the National Liberty Museum’s 2022 “Teacher As Hero” Award. Says Dr. Jacob, “[Mrs. McLaughlin] is a tremendous educator. Kids are absolutely engaged in her classroom. They love Spanish class and they love going to her class, and every time you go in there she just has that energy that brings the classroom to life.” Dr. Jacob said Mrs. McLaughlin has also made significant contributions outside of the classroom as a co-sponsor for the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club. “She really does go above and beyond, and that’s why I wanted to recognize her...She’s an advocate for kids, an advocate for California Area, and she’s just a tremendous all-around person.”

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