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Region 11

Middle School

Jill Riley

Ladera Vista Junior High School of the Arts

Fullerton School District

Jill Riley is a dedicated educator who works tirelessly for all her students. She teaches six sections of dance and seamlessly instructs students with great differences in levels, helping to establish equity between students who have prior studio experience and other students who are often being exposed to the art form for the first time. Jill also includes students with disabilities in her dance classes and has them performing alongside their general education peers. She not only provides these students access to general education instruction, but gives them a level of joy in their school day that is unparalleled.

Chad Laines, Fedde Middle School; Holly Mikkelsen, Santiago Charter Middle School

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