SJ educator wins Teachers are Heroes award from Azusa Pacific University

Photo by Gloria Wolnick / Azusa Pacific University
L to R Elizabeth Nicolas, Karan McGlynn, Nicole McManaman and Michael Jordan. Nicole McManaman from Estudillo STEAM Elementary School in San Jacinto recently won the November Teachers are Heroes award from Azusa Pacific University.

■ By Staff Reports / The Valley Chronicle

Celebrating educators who go far above and beyond the call of duty, Teachers are Heroes shines a spotlight on one of the most important professions…teaching! On Tuesday, Dec. 6, Azusa Pacific University (APU) and KATY 101.3 The Mix (KATY) recognized Nicole McManaman as the November Teachers are Heroes winner for her efforts in making a difference in the lives of so many people.
McManaman has been teaching kindergarten for more than 10 years at Estudillo STEAM Elementary School in San Jacinto. She is excited about her students and enjoys seeing their growth during the school year.
Elizabeth Nicolas, parent of a former Estudillo student, nominated McManaman and said, “Mrs. McManaman goes above and beyond for each one of her students no matter what time or day. She has been a mentor for so many new teachers as well. Her positive attitude towards life is amazing.”
Nicolas did her student teaching in McManaman’s class so she has learned first-hand how to be an effective teacher. Nicolas has had three children go through McManaman’s class as well.
Dr. Sonya Scott, principal of Estudillo stated, “Mrs. McManaman is truly an exceptional teacher and an asset to our students and the SJUSD Community.”
Estudillo STEAM Elementary School Office Manager Shelley Petrosino also said, “McManaman goes above and beyond and is a tremendous contributor to staff and school. She is very respected amongst her colleagues.”
McManaman was presented with the Teachers are Heroes award and some special prizes from The Mix Prize Closet. Following the presentation, McManaman and her class were treated to a pizza party provided by the Temecula Pizza Factory.
The Teachers are Heroes program will run through April 2017. Teachers may be nominated by students, parents, and even other school administrators. All selected teachers and their classes will attend a private celebration at the end of the year at the Lake Elsinore Storm Stadium. For more information go to, keyword: Teachers or go to

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