Kristine Clarke (center, left of the banner) a science teacher at Dana Hills High School, has been named the Capistrano Unified School District’s High School Teacher of the Year. Photo: Courtesy
Kristine Clarke (center, left of the banner) a science teacher at Dana Hills High School, has been named the Capistrano Unified School District’s High School Teacher of the Year. Photo: Courtesy

By Andrea Swayne

The Capistrano Unified School District announced March 30 that Dana Hills High School science teacher Kristine Clarke has been honored as the district’s High School Teacher of the Year.

Clarke has been teaching science at Dana Hills High for the past 11 years, often utilizing hands-on experiments and investigations to engage her students. Principal Jason Allemann said over the years he’s seen Clarke’s students become captivated by her “real world” approach to learning.

One of Clarke’s former students, Mona Mosavi, said, “Both inside and outside of the classroom, students could come to (Clarke) for advice, whether it was about the next exam or a struggle they were dealing with at home.”

Clarke will represent the district at the Orange County Department of Education Teachers of the Year program. Four teachers will then be selected to move on to the state’s Teacher of the Year program.

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