San Diego High’s Jaime Brown Named California Teacher of the Year

Posted: Wednesday, October 11th 2017


San Diego High’s Jaime Brown Named California Teacher of the Year
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today named five extraordinary educators as the 2018 California Teachers of the Year.

SAN DIEGO (October 11, 2017) – San Diego High School’s Jaime Brown was named one of five California State Teachers of the Year. Brown teaches International Baccalaureate English and Film at San Diego High School of International Studies. In addition to being honored as a California Teacher of the Year, earlier this year Brown was named a San Diego County Teacher of the Year.

Brown has been teaching at San Diego High School of International Studies at the San Diego High School Educational Complex for 15 years. Her courses are rigorous and demanding, but are filled with group discussions to allow students to share their own feelings and concerns because Brown believes these will help make her students feel more comfortable. In her film studies classes, she encourages students to volunteer at local film festivals and also developed a partnership with the San Diego Film Critics Society that brought film critics to her classroom.

Dr. Carmen García, principal, San Diego High School, said, “Jaime embodies a ‘you can do it and I’m here to support you” attitude by ensuring students have a voice in their education. As a former International Baccalaureate student herself, she clearly understands the immense pressure her students are going through and reminds them that their success, through perseverance and diligent practice, is around the corner.”

Jaime Yumiko Brown
International Baccalaureate (IB) English Higher Level 2 and
Film Studies Higher Level 2 (12th grade)
San Diego High School of International Studies
San Diego High School Educational Complex
San Diego Unified School District
San Diego County
 Photo Credit: San Diego County Office of Education

“Kodomo no tame ni.” This Japanese phrase means ‘for the sake of the children,’ and it has become my personal mantra thanks to my maternal grandparents. The phrase encapsulates so much: a sense of purpose, encouragement to persist in the face of adversity, and a demand to consider the bigger picture. Teachers today can serve as powerful linchpins of support and compassion for our students. Why do we do what we do? Kodomo no tame ni.”
—Jaime Yumiko Brown

Media Inquiries: Isabella McNeil, San Diego Unified School District, 619-341-2343 Imcneil@Sandi.net


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