2012 Classroom Hero of secondary education
Lodi News-Sentinel publisher Marty Weybret and Classroom Hero Todd DeGrandmont pose for a photograph before the Lodi Community Band concert on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.
Classroom Heroes honored by student nominations
Thida Pickard, a fifth-grade teacher at Lawrence Elementary School, pauses for a photo with News-Sentinel publisher Marty Weybret at the Lodi Community Band concert on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. Pickard was selected as a Classroom Hero this year.
- Todd Degrandmont at a glance
Todd DeGrandmont, 49, has taught chemistry and physics at Lodi High School for 23 years. He graduated from Galt High School in 1981, and attended San Joaquin Delta College and California State University, Sacramento. Before his teaching job, he worked as a laboratory chemist. When he's not teaching, DeGrandmont enjoys powered paragliding and repairing Volkswagen diesel pickups. He lives in Elk Grove with his wife Suzie and sons Mick and Kale.
- Thida Pickard at a glance
Thida Pickard, 31, teaches fifth grade at Lawrence Elementary School. She studied bilingual and multicultural education at California State University, Sacramento, and has been teaching for eight years. If she were not a teacher, Pickard said she would love to be a travel and tour guide. Currently she is working to earn her master's degree in educational leadership and an administrative credential. When Pickard is not studying for her classes, she likes to read, spend time with her family, and plan trips to London, New York and Hawaii. She lives in Elk Grove with her husband.
Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 12:00 am
What makes a Classroom Hero? Is it putting in extra hours? Finding a creative way to teach a lesson? Creating a meaningful bond with with the class?
Students in Lodi schools turned in hundreds of nomination forms answering that very question, and this year's Classroom Heroes have been selected.
Thursday, December 27, 2012 12:00 am.