Lodi teachers Ryan Heinrich, Heather Marini honored as Classroom Heroes
Ryan Heinrich, left, and Heather Marini pose for a photo with News-Sentinel publisher Marty Weybret.
Ryan Heinrich at a glance
Ryan Heinrich, 35, has been teaching physics, earth science and
AVID at Tokay High School for seven years. He graduated from
Arlington High School in Riverside, and attended Riverside
Community College and California Polytechnic State University, San
Luis Obispo. Before his teaching job, he worked in the corporate
health field. When he’s not teaching, Heinrich enjoys camping,
relaxing, house projects and visiting his parents in Southern
California. He lives in Lodi with his wife, Anna, and his border
Heather Marini at a glance
Heather Marini, 36, teaches fifth grade at Reese Elementary
School. She studied liberal arts with a concentration in child
development at California State University, Stanislaus, and has
been teaching for 11 years. If she were not a teacher, Marini said,
she would be a marine biologist to study whales. When Marini is not
teaching, she likes to read. She lives in Lodi with her husband,
Rich, and sons, Matthew and Ryan, who attend Reese Elementary.
- Violet Gomez, Reese Elementary School student
With Mrs. Marini, I always knew I had someone on my side.”
- Haenah Park, Tokay High School student
Mr. Heinrich is the definition of a great teacher. He does his best to keep the students interested and really wants us to succeed.”
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:00 am
Heroes come in many forms. Sometimes they show up in the nick of time to save a life. Sometimes they appear in front of a white board holding an Expo marker.
Nearly 700 Lodi area students nominated teachers they consider to be their heroes. Based on their personal classroom experience, students described excellent teachers as inspirational, dedicated, creative, humorous and caring.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:00 am.