"Success is often found on the other side of obstacles"

Rae, 2018 AP English student, Valley Center High School, Valley Center, CA.



What I appreciated most about Mr. Morgan was that treated us like adults and he respected us. He did not accept excuses for not doing the work. He taught us responsibility. He was interested in us as people and, unlike so many other teachers, he took the time to get to know us and what was important to us as individuals. He helped us find alternatives to help us succeed. Every grade I got in his class I earned and, consequently, I began to believe I was capable of doing more difficult work and could move forward academically.
— Michelle, Compton, CA

The Carlston Family Foundation seeks to challenge all Americans to engage in addressing the critical issues surrounding the level of education in our country. Our program endeavors to find educators, who by their own example, demonstrate the value of knowledge through their commitment to their students' academic successes, and to encourage other educators to  emulate these successful teaching patterns.

Award-winning teachers are brought to our attention by former students who are successful in their academic and life pursuits. These former students of our Honorees tell us  they would not be where they are today without the influence, compassion and academic preparation they experiences from these teachers from their high school years. 

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As the work of the Carlston Foundation has continued to expand, so too have the costs associated with the growth of the numbers of teachers we have honored over the years, the Annual Educational Symposia we offer each year, the on-going work we are doing with Colleges and Universities to help recruit potential teachers and the development of the Teacher Leadership Academy.

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The Carlston Family Foundation endeavors to recognize and reward outstanding educators, who, by their own example, demonstrate a commitment to the personal and academic success of their students and who have a life-changing effect on their students by helping them achieve successes far beyond what they and/or their community expected or thought possible of them.

I had Ms. Zoratti for Honors English my sophomore year and for Advanced Placement Literature my senior year. In each case I saw how she believed that we were all capable of doing well and that made us all want to work harder. She was so inspirational and she motivated us to want to learn more and be better students. She never put down a student. She never made anyone feel stupid or dumb. The work was hard and there was a large amount of work, but it was always fun, regardless of how hard it was.
— Karen, Garden Grove, CA

2018 Honorees & nominators

Back Row L-R: Abiola Awoloa, Emily Baumstark, Efrain Solis, Carlos Hernandez, Carlos Aldrete
Front Row L-R: Robert Brewer, Natalie Ryan, Jeannete McMahon, Kathleen Hicks-Rowley, Randy Guzik


The Carlston Family Foundation wishes to hear from individuals who have turned their lives around academically and attribute their turnaround to an extraordinary former high school teacher.

If you are such a person, we hope you will take the time to tells us how your former teacher changed your academic and personal pathway.