honored outstanding local educators

For the 24th year, what is now the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce has recognized the outstanding contributions of teachers from local schools during its annual Teacher Eddy Awards Dinner, sponsored by Playa Vista.

The 5:30 p.m. event Tuesday, May 15th, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport, recognized teachers from the elementary school through the university level for their efforts in educating youths.

They also recognized the 2007 Friends of Education, selected from the community for their support of education in Westchester, Playa del Rey and Marina del Rey.

“This is our version of the Oscars for our teachers,” said event co-chair Gwen Vuchsas. “Teachers seldom get the recognition they deserve, but we want them to know how special they are.”

This year’s honorees are pictured on this page, alphabetically by school.

Each teacher received a crystal Eddy Award, made possible by a donation from Playa Vista. In addition, teachers and principals were eligible for a series of prizes at the event.

Information, (310) 645-5151.