Local Teacher Honored as One of County’s Best

First published in the Oct. 30 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

A Burbank educator was recently named one of the Los Angeles County teachers of the year along with only 15 other colleagues in the sprawling area.
Amelia Cheatum, who teaches history to 7th- and 8th-graders at John Muir Middle School, was recognized after being named the Burbank Unified School District teacher of the year in July.
She was selected from a field of 56 educators representing 52 school districts.
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Teacher of Year Praised as ‘Amazing,’ ‘Beloved’

Amelia Cheatum

Amelia Cheatum is always happy to receive recognition for her work, but earning the Burbank Unified School District teacher of the year honor was extra special for the John Muir Middle School history teacher after seven challenging months of distance learning necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Every teacher I work with, even at the other [BUSD] schools, everyone worked so hard, and I think this year we were forced to try new things,” said Cheatum, who teaches 7th- and 8th-graders. “Some things worked, some definitely didn’t, but I think this year was special because when I go back to the classroom in a few weeks, I have all of these digital tools that I plan on using that I never would have used before.”

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