Rotary Club Names Julie Kluss Secondary Teacher of the Year

Life sciences teacher Julie Kluss was deemed an outstanding secondary teacher of the year by the Santa Barbara Rotary Club on 4/25. Calling her the “consummate professional,” Santa Barbara Junior High School Principal Lito Garcia explained Kluss works diligently to bring the “real world” into her classroom. Along with bragging rights, the award comes with a $1,000 check, which Kluss said she plans to spend on field trip buses and supplies such as DNA necklace kits and preserved dissection organs. Noting widespread excitement with the new statewide science standards, Kluss said, challenges that lie ahead include collaboration between multitudes of teachers, parents, and administrators to guarantee all students are reached. “I can’t think of anything more exciting than this emphasis on rigorous, high-quality, interdisciplinary instruction,” Kluss said of changes in education.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Iron Chef Caused State Street Pedestrian Death

Famous Chef Larry Forgione charged with misdemeanor for driving into Gilbert Ramirez on February 24.

Lavagnino’s Sudden Victory

5th District supervisor a shoo-in as filing window closes; Gregg Hart also unopposed for 2nd District.

One Half of Old Town Streets to Get Sidewalks

Walkways planned for one side of Goleta neighborhood streets; parking, lighting talks at community meeting March 22.

After Disaster in Montecito, Where Is All the Money Going?

Santa Barbara nonprofits account for millions spent on relief efforts.

Santa Barbara Experiences a Rainy March, but a Dry Year

Water year only 34 percent of normal for precipitation.