District Teacher of the Year

Westview High School English teacher Katie Wu was recently selected as one of the three 2018 Poway Unified School District (PUSD) Teachers of the Year. A committee of district and site representatives selected the PUSD Teachers of the Year based on criteria which included: innovations inside the classroom, contributions to their schools and the district, and commitment to their students. Ana Collins of Valley Elementary School and Shantel Raquel of Del Sur Elementary School were the other two Teachers of the Year.

“She witnessed firsthand how students need social, emotional, and mental health support more than ever…”

Katie had an upbringing that lacked parental support for education, and she struggled as a low-income, first-generation immigrant. She witnessed firsthand how students need social, emotional, and mental health support more than ever, which is why her teaching method starts with creating a safe and supportive learning environment for her students. Katie encourages collaborative learning between students; she started a writing center at Westview where skilled writing students can tutor their peers. She is also the past recipient of the Crystal Apple Award for Teaching, nominated by a former student.

“Teaching is a profession of both the heart and mind,” said Superintendent Dr. Marian Kim-Phelps. “These teachers are ‘all-in’ when it comes to making a difference in our students’ lives. They recognize it’s not just academics, but meeting students’ social, emotional, and mental health needs that contributes to our students’ overall success. I congratulate them on this honor, and I am thrilled they are representing #TeamPUSD.”