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Teacher of the Year 2016


Karla.jpgA former Whittier City School District student, Karla Sequeira is entering her eighteenth year in education.  Prior to Whittier City, she worked as a Behavioral Therapist and mental health issues and strategies continue to be an important focus, as evidenced by her involvement in PBIS and a Mental Health Cohort. 

Karla began teaching general education at Mill Elementary School and after four years, returned to her speech roots and became a Speech and Language Therapist for five years.  She has always had a passion for new challenges and for being a life-long learner.  She obtained an Education Specialist Credential and worked in the mild-moderate setting at Mill School & Technology Academy, Longfellow School, and now Dexter Middle School. 

Karla has worked in a variety of settings, grade levels, and engages students with creativity and passion.  Ms. Sequeira has always been active in school communities, teaching chorus and music appreciation, taking students around the community to perform at various events.  She was a Cotsen Foundation for the Art of Teaching Fellow where she focused on music and literacy.  Technology is also another passion, as she works with her students introducing Web 2.0 tools to create technology portfolios.  Karla is a three-time recipient of the Whittier City School District Educational Foundation grant for implementing technology in the classroom. 

Karla has presented at Whittier College and in our district in the areas of literacy, behavior strategies, technology, and Special Education.  At Dexter Middle School, she has been part of Student Council, School Site Council, and PBIS.  She recently started an 80’s club for sixth grade students.  It was common to see Karla in “character” as her favorite 80’s icons.  Karla is a true team player and provides a wealth of knowledge to the school.  Congratulations Karla!!!