Teacher Daniel Buccieri at Mark Twain Middle School in Mar Vista is one of 14 educators who have been named 2011-12 Teacher of the Year by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

“I am tremendously proud of the 14 honorees,” said LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy. “These outstanding teachers, whose areas of expertise include Mandarin Chinese, biology, and Advanced Placement calculus, exemplify the best of LAUSD.”

Buccierri, who has worked at the middle school for eight years, teaches U.S. history.

The teachers honored will also qualify for the 2011-12 L.A. County Teacher of the Year competition, which is part of the California and National Teachers of the Year programs.