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Lodi teachers Ryan Heinrich, Heather Marini honored as Classroom Heroes

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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 collie, Maggie.

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.

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.

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