Levonian Earns Educator of the Year

Educator of the year - Greg Levonian

Greg Levonian, Marymount California University professor of English and theatre arts, can now add Educator of the Year to his accolades. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club hosted the 39th Annual Educator of the Year awards, honoring Levonian and eight other educators for their outstanding contributions in support of student success at a gala reception and dinner at the Palos Verdes Golf Club on Nov. 6. The annual event celebrates the teaching profession and raises funds for college scholarships for local high school seniors.

“I am so proud our community celebrates publicly the teaching profession. Such appreciation of and respect for teaching is a valued tradition on the Peninsula,” said Rotarian Jim Hartman.

Levonian, whose Marymount teaching career spans 25 years, is a beloved fixture at the Rancho Palos Verdes university, embracing his roles as respected mentor; enthusiastic producer of multiple theatrical productions, including this year’s spring play Rumors by Neil Simon; faculty advisor of the Drama Club; and past Faculty Senate president. Having earned his associate’s degree from Marymount when it was a two-year college, Levonian has a fondness for the institution where he got his start and enjoys cultivating an interest in the arts among his students, helping them appreciate the great works of literature and inspiring them to create their own.

The 2019 Educators of the Year include Annie Spalding, Chadwick School (front row from left); Christina Varela, Palos Verdes High School; Major Stacy Cross, Salvation Army College for Officer Training; Benjamin Kroon, Miraleste Intermediate School; (Back row, left to right), Greg Levonian, Marymount California University; Stacy Upton, Cornerstone at Pedregal School; Martha Kreuner, Silver Spur Elementary School; Leslie Blanchette, Rolling Hills Preparatory School; and Charles Miller, Peninsula Heritage School.