News Release

October 24, 2013

Rotary Club of Santa Barbara honors Harding teacher

The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara presented a Teacher Recognition Award on Oct. 18 to Kristin Corpuz, a special education teacher at Harding University Partnership School in the Santa Barbara Unified School District.

Since 1986, the club has honored outstanding teachers from South Coast schools. During the year, Rotary of Santa Barbara honors a special education, secondary, and elementary school teacher with a certificate and a $1,000 check to spend on their classroom needs.

“This kind of contribution by the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara and other groups makes a real difference for children, because it helps teachers do the work that is so vital to our community’s future,” said county Superintendent of Schools Bill Cirone. “An investment like this pays big dividends for our youth and our community.”

"The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara is honored to support local education and teachers such as Kristin Corpuz,” said Roland S. Christopher, chairman of the Teacher Recognition Committee of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara. “She is an outstanding example of an educator doing amazing things for our local youth.

“Rotary of Santa Barbara and Rotarians around the globe know that Kristin's work is what makes communities better,” he continued. “We are excited by her passion for a better Santa Barbara, and know that education makes a difference in our great community,” he added.

“To be an educator is an incredible responsibility and honor,” Corpuz said. “Each day and each moment I try to connect with children and impact their lives in significant and meaningful ways.”

“As a special educator, my goal is always to make progress on their individualized goals and broader learning, no matter where we need to start in their learning process, but most importantly, it is my goal for my students to feel confident, act and think independently, and feel joyful as we learn and work together,” she added.

A member of Harding’s leadership team, she is Special Education Department chairwoman, Disabilities Awareness Day coordinator, Collaborative Academic Support Team facilitator, Student Success Team and Reading Intervention Team co-facilitator, and instructional assistants supervisor. She is also a mentor to new teachers through the Teacher Induction Program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office.

The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara meets at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara for lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays. Recipients of the club’s Teacher Recognition Awards are made with the assistance of the Teacher Programs and Support Department of the Santa Barbara County Education Office. For more information, visit or

Rotary Club photoPictured left to right: Rotarian Alicia Journey, Kristin Corpuz
(award recipient), Rotarian Roland Christopher, and Rotarian Chris Clemens.