Schools : Education news : Cordillera Elementary Program Honored

The Village Program at Cordillera Elementary School has won a state Golden Bell Award.

Fifth- and sixth-grade teachers Katie Kelly, Carolyn Daly, Marji Jacobs and Beth Lee were honored by the Saddleback Valley Unified School District’s trustees last week after being commended for developing an outstanding instructional program.

“What makes this program special is the fact that all of us get to know all the children in all the classes,” Daly said.

The Village Program divides the students’ day into four major periods, with each teacher focusing on two subjects.


Daly said the teachers started the program five years ago in part to add depth to the students’ curriculum and to teach students self-discipline and responsibility.

Golden Bell awards are sponsored by the California School Boards Assn.