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Huntington Beach City Teachers Receive Educator of the Year Award
Posted 10/5/21

Melissa and Jeff with Senator Min

Mrs. Melissa Reichert (left), Senator Dave Min (center), Mr. Jeff Riley (right)

Huntington Beach City School District (HBCSD) and the Office of Senator Dave Min are pleased to announce the selection of Sowers Middle School teacher Mr. Jeff Riley and Eader Elementary teacher Mrs. Melissa Reichert as Educator of the Year. 

Teachers are nominated for this prestigious honor by their peers and/or school community members. Consideration for Educator of the Year award winners is based on the impact their contribution to the profession has on their school, district, and community. The selection process is managed by members of the Senate District 37 education subcommittee.

Mr. Jeff Riley, Sowers Middle School

Mr. Jeff Riley began his career with HBCSD 28 years ago and is currently a 6th, 7th, & 8th-grade math teacher. He is known for his ability to support students’ social-emotional aspects of learning and his teaching philosophy is centered around that a student’s well-being is critical to their success in school and life. One example of this is throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Riley prioritized communicating with his current and former students to share uplifting and encouraging messages. 

“Mr. Riley exemplifies a nurturing, caring, and compassionate educator and he goes above and beyond for students each and every day!” said Sowers Principal Dr. Renee Polk Johnson. 

Mrs. Melissa Reichert, Eader Elementary School

Mrs. Reichert has been teaching kindergarten for 26 years, 24 of them with HBCSD. Her positivity and love for learning allow her to foster a positive learning environment for all students during their most formative years. She is known for supporting students beyond the educational program by listening and cultivating a collaborative classroom atmosphere.

“Mrs. Reichert is highly respected in the classroom and in the community because of her focus on supporting families and her genuine care for the well-being of children,”  said Eader Principal Ms. Carolyn Beck. 

HBCSD is exceptionally proud and congratulates Mr. Riley and Mrs. Reichert for this recognition and for positively impacting the lives of students, families, and colleagues.