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May 24, 2001
Contact: Tim Woodhull


California State University, Dominguez Hills School of Education honors teachers and administrators with “Excellence in Education” Awards

The School of Education at California State University, Dominguez Hills has announced the recipients of the second annual “Excellence in Education” awards.

Having certificated more teachers than any other university in California, CSU Dominguez Hills is proud to celebrate the contributions that its alumni make as teachers and administrators in the growth and development of young people.

“The students who pass through our doors work long and hard to help shape our world as teachers and administrators,” said Billie Blair, dean of the School of Education. “They give so much of themselves, and it’s appropriate that we honor them as they honored us with their presence and continued success.”

The honorees are: Robert Carlson of Folsom; John K. Davis of Lakewood; Cecilia Duenas of Thousand Oaks; Hector Galicia of Bellflower; C. Keith Harrison of Ann Arbor, Mich.; William Horst of Torrance; Mike Lansing of San Pedro; Philip Patterson of Playa Del Rey; and, Jennifer Petrini of Lakewood.

Robert Carlson serves as administrator for Examinations and Research in the Professional Services Division of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

John K. Davis is an assistant professor at CSU Dominguez Hills where he teaches research-based content area reading and writing courses.  He serves as president-elect of the South Bay Area Reading Council.

Cecilia Duenas is assistant principal at Santa Monica High School. She volunteers to help students prepare for the Scholastic Apitude Test, and coordinates activities at her school that relate to athletics, the Digital High School, the sciences, business, technology, and mathematics.

Hector Galicia is an elementary school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He has served as a math tutor with USC’s Latino Teachers’ Project.

C. Keith Harrison is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan where he teaches courses such as Race Relations, Cultural Images and Sport. He directs the Paul Robeson Research Center for Academic
and Athletic Prowess.

William Horst is a part-time recreation assistant with the Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation. While a student at Dominguez Hills, he has pioneered several community projects that include a monthly Men’s Prayer Breakfast at his church and the Harbor Gateway/Torrance Outreach Foodbank for low income senior citizens.

Mike Lansing is the District Seven representative to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. A former assistant principal, teacher, athletic director, and coach, Lansing is the founding president of the San Pedro Youth Coalition, a non-profit volunteer agency that promotes youth development programs.

Philip Patterson is a lecturer in Special Education, and a former instructor in Teacher Education. He has served for a quarter-century as assistant director of annual conferences at Dominguez Hills that focus on special education issues, and has consulted for the Los Angeles Unified School District in the area of special education.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Tim Woodhull, director of Media Relations, at (310) 243-3367.