ONTARIO — Victor Valley High School math teacher Ashley Brinegar was recently named one of the regional Educators of the Year by the California League of High Schools.
Brinegar was named one of the 10 best educators in CLHS Region 10, which includes San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. She was one of five finalists from San Bernardino County and the only finalist from the Victor Valley-Barstow area.
Brinegar grew up in the High Desert, graduating from Granite Hills High School and Cal State San Bernardino. She’s worked at Victor Valley High for more than seven years now, and Brinegar said she’s stayed in the area because of her family ties and because it’s “always been home.”
VVHS Principal Nancy Noyer nominated Brinegar for the honor and was on hand as Brinegar delivered a speech and accepted her award at the event in Ontario on Jan. 13.
“I wanted to be a teacher from the age of 5, and I truly believe it is what I was put on this earth to do” Brinegar told the audience. “Every day I get to make a difference in the way my students view math, their abilities and themselves.”
She was cheered on by a large contingent of family, friends and Victor Valley Union High School District personnel, including board members Jose Berrios and Penny Edmiston, and Superintendent Dr. Ron Williams, who helped emcee the event.
The University Prep Chamber Orchestra provided entertainment, and the Victor Valley High School Junior ROTC performed color guard duties. VVUHSD officials co-organized the awards dinner with officials from the Riverside County Office of Education and the Chino Valley Unified School District.
Shonda Burrus of Vista Murietta High School was named the Educator of the Year for Region 10 and will move on the CLHS state conference in Sacramento next month for a chance at the state award.
Photos — Top: Victor Valley High School teacher Ashley Brinegar delivers her speech at the California League of High Schools awards dinner on Jan. 13 in Ontario. Brinegar was named one of 10 educators of the year for Region 10, which which includes San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. Below: From left to right: Victor Valley Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Ron Williams, VVUHSD board member Jose Berrios, Victor Valley High School teacher Ashley Brinegar, VVHS Principal Nancy Noyer, VVUHSD board member Penny Edmiston, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre and Dr. Preston Carr of the Chino Valley Unified School District. (Photos by Jonas Cabrera, Victor Valley Union High School District.)