Teacher of the Year Nomination – Regina Major

by Jessica on May 21, 2016

Tina Renzullo nominated Regina Major of Altadena Elementary school. 

Regina Major has been working at Altadena Elementary as a Kindergarten teacher for nine years and has been with Pasadena Unified School District for 18 years. She began at Cleveland Elementary as a Pre-K teacher and moved up to a Kindergarten teacher in the fall of 2000. Her background is in Child Development and she has been working with young children for 34 years; her previous experience was with Pre-Schools.

Regina works with a population of students who have economic realities which put them at risk for low school achievement. The reason I am nominating Regina for your award is that she refuses to allow children’s challenges to determine their futures. She differentiates lessons to give all students access to the curriculum and scaffolds their growth with specific skills development. Regina does this through engaging themes and enriching experiences but the key is her expert knowledge of how her students learn best. Families rely on her to provide a strong start for their children and, together with families, Regina does exactly that. Year after year, child by child. Her students leave their year with her seeing themselves as scientists, mathematicians, inventors, artists, writers, explorers… contributing members of our community. Ask anyone in the Altadena School community about Regina and they’ll share with you multiple anecdotes about how she has positively affected their lives.

Regina has been a member of the Altadena/Pasadena community all of her life;
She received her education at Edison-Kindergarten and 1st grade, Pasadena Christian-2nd grade to 8th grade, Marshall Fundamental-High School, (Her first teaching experience was through the PUSD ROP Program at All Saints Children’s Center.) PCC-AA in General Studies, Cal State Northridge-BA in Child Development, Point Loma University-Teaching Credential/MA in Teaching Learning and Technology, and UCLA Extension-technology course in 2005. She was a part of TAH (Teach American History-Cohort 3). She was one of the teachers from Altadena Elementary involved in CRW (Curriculum Revision Workshop). Currently she serves on the Altadena Inclusion planning team.
Outside of her professional obligations, she is involved with enhancing our community. Regina is a 7 year member of the Tournament of Roses, a youth community tutor with various organizations, and an active member of her church, where she works with the youth choir and Lead Young Adults.
Regina exemplifies what strong commitment to community looks like and we all benefit from her dedication. It would be really lovely to honor her with your award.