Keith Brockie, a teacher at San Bernardino’s Arroyo Valley High School, is the California League of Schools’ State High School Educator of the Year for 2022.
Brockie is a classroom art teacher, a demonstration teacher, a teacher induction coach and the visual and performing arts department chairman at Arroyo Valley.
He also teaches at Cal State San Bernardino and is a frequent presenter at the San Bernardino City Unified School District’s New Teacher Academy, and he created a website to showcase student artwork during the pandemic, according to a news release.
Brockie outshone educators from 11 other regions in California to earn the State High School Educator of the Year recognition. Nominees may be teachers, administrators, counselors or other certified personnel.
Before receiving the state honor, Brockie had been selected from among 11 of the top educators in California League of Schools Region 10, which includes Inyo, Mono, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, as the Region 10 High School Educator of the Year.
Even before earning the regional and state awards, Brockie has been a mentor to other teachers. In his position as a demonstration art teacher at Arroyo Valley High School, Brockie was someone other educators across the San Bernardino City Unified School District could look to for guidance and inspiration.
“Keith has been an exceptional educator in our district for 25-plus years and has done so much for his students before, during and after distance learning,” Morgan Pellettera, the district’s Demonstration Teacher Program lead, said in the news release.
During his speech at the California League of Schools conference, Brockie spoke not about what he taught his students during his teaching career, but about what his students have taught him.
“Very early on in my career, my students began to impress on me something that would be life changing. They began to teach me how important it was to meet them where they are and not to expect them to see the world the way I did, ”Brockie said in his speech. “I soon realized that this gift of perspective was the gateway to compassion, to understanding diversity, empathy and acceptance. These lessons would serve me well for decades to come. ”