Edison High School teacher, Gregory Gardiner, has been named as a 2018 Teacher of the Year. He was among five California teachers selected on Wednesday by the state Department of Education.

“Greg is one of those teachers whose passion and excitement about learning is addictive,” said Jennifer Graves, principal of Edison High School. “His passion feeds on to the students giving them the opportunity and freedom to learn on their own.”

Greg Gardiner – 2018 California Teacher of the Year

As a science teacher for 18 years, Gardiner instructs an array of courses for ninth through 12th grade students including Biology, AP Environmental Science and Special Abilities Cluster (SAC) Science. He is a founding member of the Academy of Sustainability and Engineering, a group of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics-rooted courses, that focuses on project-based curriculum and emphasizes critical thinking—which is now a model for Huntington Beach Union High School District.

“This award not only represents what I have done but also how working in a collaborative environment can create a positive, effective change for the students,” said Gardiner. “I love to teach, push and inspire students to enhance their overall learning.”

The other statewide honorees are: Brian McDaniel, a music teacher at Painted Hills Middle School in Palm Springs Unified School District; Jaime Brown, an International Baccalaureate English teacher at San Diego High School of International Studies in San Diego Unified School District; Kirsten Farrell, a sports medicine teacher at Venice High School in Los Angeles Unified School District; and Erin Oxhorn-Gilpin, a multi-subject teacher at Northlake Hills Elementary School in Castaic Union School District.

The 2018 Teachers of the Year, finalists and semi-finalists will be honored at a gala on February 12, 2018 in Sacramento.