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Preuss teacher one of best in county

A social studies teacher at the Preuss School at UCSD and and four others were named San Diego County teachers of the year on Saturday night.

Kelly Kovacic, an 11th- and 12th-grade social studies teacher at Preuss, was among the teachers honored in a ceremony at the Balboa Theater.

The others were:

— Melanie Tolan, who works at the Sarah Anthony School at Juvenile Hall where she works with ninth- and 10th-graders, teaching English-language arts, history and physical education;

— Donna M. Farquar, an English-learner resource teacher for the Santee Elementary School District;

— Michael Love, a ninth- through 12th-grade mathematics teacher at Mount Miguel High School in Spring Valley;

— and Eric Mabrey, an instrumental and choral music teacher at Olympian

High School in Chula Vista.

Each advances to the state competition next month.

“Teaching history is about storytelling” Kovacic wrote in her application, the Union-Tribune reported.

At The Preuss School, which educates students from low-income families to prepare them for college, Kovaci said she believes teachers have to build “a safe learning environment that allows the student to achieve his or her full academic potential.”