Local teachers chosen for county's top 5

Two teachers from Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley school districts are among the five Orange County Teachers of the Year.

Fountain Valley School District's Talbert Middle School science teacher John Wood and Huntington Beach City School District's Peterson Elementary third-grade GATE teacher Deanna Lynn Zamiska were selected after a countywide search, said Orange County Department of Education Coordinator of Academic Events Sharon Nelson.

The best four K-12 teachers and one community college teacher are selected a year ahead, which makes them 2013's teachers of the year.

The four K-12 teachers who were named will go on to compete at the state level in the California Teachers of the Year program, Nelson said.

The other teachers are Cypress College geology professor Victoria Ann Castle, Tustin Unified School District's Beckman High School AP history teacher David Lawrence Goldenberg, and Tustin Unified School District's Peters Canyon Elementary third-grade teacher Jennifer Kathleen Sandland.

—Mona Shadia

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