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Jolicoeur named Hart district teacher of the year

Nicole Jolicoeur
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News release 

The William S. Hart Union High School District has announced that Nicole Jolicoeur, Rancho Pico Junior High School special education teacher, has been selected as the 2024-25 Hart District Teacher of the Year.  

This award recognizes outstanding educators who have made a significant impact on the lives of their students and the community, according to a news release from the district. 

“Ms. Jolicoeur is a compassionate, professional, and effective educator,” the release said.  

She is skilled and gifted in the way she is able to reach all of the students in her Living Skills program, according to Principal Catherine Nicholas. She meets each of her students where they are and appropriately challenges them to meet their goals, the release said.  

Additionally, she creates an inclusive environment on campus by having general education students work as peer mentors in her Living Skills classroom as an elective.  

“Ms. Jolicoeur has inspired many students to pursue future careers working with students who have special needs,” the release said. 

“All of the candidates for District Teacher of the Year are deserving of special recognition — but Ms. Nicole Jolicoeur truly shines. Already a standout PE teacher, Nicole chose a new path, dedicating herself to our special education students with the most complex needs,” Superintendent Mike Kuhlman said in the release. “Witnessing the genuine care and love she pours into her classroom is truly awe-inspiring. Her students, and our entire district, are incredibly fortunate to have Ms. Jolicoeur – a most deserving Hart District Teacher of the Year.” 

Jolicoeur will be honored at the annual Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year Awards banquet in the fall and will represent the district at the county-level Teacher of the Year competition.  

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