Each year the Venice Chamber of Commerce Education Committee recognizes and celebrates 17 local teachers for their achievements in and beyond the classroom.

Here is a message from the woman behind it all,  event organizer and Venice Chamber of Commerce Education Committee Chair Joelle Dumas.

Dear Friends,

The May 10, 2018 WAVE Award Ceremony was a spectacular and valuable event, bringing together our leaders in education.   Those being honored delivered speeches of appreciation that together illuminated the richness of our profession.   Thank you from the Education Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Teachers, and Community Schools for all who generously donated.   Teacher appreciation certificates were warmly provided by representatives Mike Bonin, Autumn Burke, Ted Lieu and Nick Melvoin.   The sparkle of our greatest teachers is invaluable: thank you for keeping the flame alive.   We appreciate your dedication, your enthusiasm and participation and overall we value our wonderful friendship.

Sincerely,  Joelle-VCC Education Committee Chair and Ecole Claire Fontaine

Congratulations to this year’s 2018 WAVE Award Winners:

  • Animo High School—Omar Ramirez 
  • Beethoven Elementary School—Lisa Zullo
  • Boys and Girls Club of Venice—Olivia Mariapen
  • Broadway Elementary School—Meghann Seril
  • Ecole Claire Fontaine—Pierrette Shamee
  • Mark Twain Middle School—Joele Hodgson
  • Neighborhood Youth Association—Kristine Cabrera
  • Short Ave. Elementary School—Evette Hohman
  • Venice Arts—Weng San Sit
  • Venice Community Housing—Kevin Michini
  • Venice High School—David Lee
  • Venice Lutheran School—Paul Camargo
  • Venice Skills Center—Moises Gomez
  • Walgrove Elementary School—Matt Stansbury
  • Westminster Elementary School—Maria Hernandez

Here is a fun Venice Paparazzi fact! 

Venice Paparazzi has covered the WAVE awards every single year since it started!  Woo Hoo!  Let’s hear it for consistency!  Need photographers or a photo booth for your next event?  Hire Venice Paparazzi!

View some of our favorite photos from the 8th annual WAVE Awards.