ACE Awards – June 3rd @6PM

ACE Awards – June 3rd @6PM

Dear friends and families of Yujin Gakuen:

Each year parents, students and colleagues nominate outstanding 4J employees for recognition in the annual ACE Awards (A Champion in Education) program. The ACE Awards ceremony will again be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

2021 ACE Awards Ceremony
Thursday, June 3 at 6 p.m.
Watch live on
2021 ACE Awards Ceremony program (also attached to this email)

Champions will be named in three categories: teacher or licensed specialist, classified staff member, and administrator or supervisor. (There is no volunteer award category this year as school volunteers have been limited due to the pandemic.) A special Lifetime Achievement Award also will be announced.

The 180 ACE Awards nominees will participate in the ceremony via Zoom. Families and friends are invited to watch and respond to the ceremony live on 4J’s Facebook page.

We are excited that three of our teachers, Ashley, Mariko, and Kelly Sensei, have been nominated and recognized for their outstanding contributions to education.

2021 ACE Award Nominees from Yujin Gakuen

Ashley BakerAshley Sensei, what she is called at Yujin Gakuen, is a dynamic and energetic teacher. She always explains the assignment at hand clearly and with examples. Ashley Sensei answers any and all questions with respect for each child who is asking. As a former teacher myself, I have not witnessed a teacher so positive and clear with their students. Ashley stands out among teachers I have been in contact with.”

Mariko MaddockTeaching during a global pandemic is hard, but teaching Japanese during a global pandemic is even more challenging! We are thankful Mariko was able to create fun and engaging assignments that stretched and challenged our students. The weekly topics were enticing and promoted such amazing knowledge expansion for our students. The assignments were so well drafted that I may have been equally enticed to learn alongside my student!”

Kelly StrohLike an actor on a stage, Kelly was able to break through that fourth wall in Zoom. She engaged students and parents via creative assignments and literary readings. My daughter and I both very much enjoyed the weekly reading of the ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,’ which ultimately culminated in a viewing of the movie and stimulated some lengthy discussion on the literary similarities and differences between the book and movie! Kelly is a positive light in our school.”

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