2016-2017 Teachers of the Year


Richmond Street School – Celia Plotkin

Celia Plotkin

Ms. Plotkin has worked in education for 14 years and has been with ESUSD for ten. She has taught kindergarten, 1st grade, and 4th grade at Richmond Street School.

Ms. Plotkin’s work does not end with the students in her classroom. She is actively involved in the school community. Ms. Plotkin is a member of the Green Team: she works with Grades of Green and Food Finders for Richmond Street School. She is currently working on the implementation of Waste Free Wednesdays.

Ms. Plotkin is a member of the Technology Team and has been for many years working to increase and improve the use of technology in instruction and learning. She is a grade Level Representative, working with leadership on the continual progress and advancement of the school. She is a model of continuing professional growth and development, demonstrated by her role as a Cotsen Math Fellow, an initiative to transform the way in which math is taught with a focus on inquiry, discovery, and real life application of concepts.

Parents appreciate her work with the PTA, where she serves as part of the PTA gifting committee. Principal Lee regards Mrs. Celia Plotkin as a valued member of the Richmond Street School staff. She is a beloved Kindergarten teacher, grade level leader, collaborative team member, and a respected voice amongst her colleagues. 


Center Street School Teacher - Renee Hoover

Ms. Hoover is a veteran teacher with about 29 years of teaching under her belt. ESUSD has had the good fortune to have her teach El Segundo students since 1999. She has served as a classroom teacher, the K-12 English Language Development Coordinator, and a K-5 English Language Development teacher for Richmond Street School and Center Street School.

Science is a passion for Ms. Hoover. Visitors to her class are mesmerized by the aquatic life in her room. She has cultivated a complete tidepool for her students. Not surprisingly, Ms. Hoover is a leader among the staff in science education. For the last two years, she has been working with teachers to help implement the Next Generation Science Standards.

Beyond the school day, Ms. Hoover is active with providing enrichment for students. She has been an after school GATE teacher for 4th – 5th graders, and established curriculum based on Odyssey of the Mind. She is most proud of Piloting and Publishing science lessons on Better Lesson and earning her National Board Certification.

Principal Martha Monahan says that Ms. Hoover inspires her students with her passion for science; she is developing compassionate citizens who care for the ocean and the environment. Her classroom is a place of constant inquiry where students are challenged, yet nurtured.  She is inspirational, not only with students, but with teachers.


Scott Garinger – Math teacher at ESMS

Mr. Garinger is a veteran teacher with 20 years of service to ESUSD. Over his tenure with ESUSD, he has taught PE and Math courses at El Segundo Middle School. In addition to teaching, Mr. Garinger coached water polo & swimming at ESHS for several years. Most notably, he coached the girls’ water polo team to a CIF championship in 2007. In 2008 he was recognized as a 2008 California High School Coach of the Year.

Mr. Garinger is invested in the ongoing improvement of the school program. He sat on the committee responsible for the implementation of the IB Middle Years Programme at El Segundo Middle School.


Marcos Bolanos – El Segundo High School

Mr. Bolanos has taught for eight years at El Segundo High School. During his time there, he taught all grades, 9-12, including Spanish, Freshman Guided Studies, World History, US History, Economics, Political Behavior, and World Geography.

Principal Mancilla says that Mr. Bolanos is well loved by faculty and students, and well respected by students, who know he will hold them accountable. He is passionate about his subject.

Mr. Bolanos is the kind of teacher who impacts the school beyond the walls of the classroom. Mr. Bolanos puts in many hours to ensure that students have a well-rounded experience in high school. He was a Link Crew Coordinator for five year, supporting the transition of students from middle school to high school. He’s been an AP Coordinator, a soccer coach, and a cross country coach for the high school. You can find Mr. Bolanos out and about running with his cross-country team.

Teacher of the Year is not Mr. Bolanos’ first recognition; he was named Grand Marshall of Homecoming in 2012.