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Proud Principal Castro presenting cake to the faculty, celebrating the honor.
NAHS Becomes California Distinguished School
Anaiah Greene, Staff Journalist • June 11, 2024

On February 29th (Leap Day), Northridge Academy was named as a 2024 California Distinguished School. Schools were selected by analyzing data...

Pictured: Sophomores Justine Relona, Szaffi Fejes, Natalie Gutierrez, and Krishna Rivera.
A Guide to Beating That Summertime Sadness
Olivia Munoz, Page Editor • June 9, 2024

As the school year comes to a close, students prepare for the next few months of vacation. For many, this is the best time of the year; almost...

Look for the signs.
Teenage Dating Violence
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Anaiah Greene, Staff Journalist • June 9, 2024
Teenage Dating Violence is a common problem and is very serious, the number of cases continues to rise. So why isn't it talked about enough?
Social Studies teacher Laurie Nelson
NAHS Says Goodbye to Faculty
Johann Anderson and Josiah AndersonJune 7, 2024

As the students are nearing the end of the 2024 school year and seniors are preparing for their future after high school. Some faculty members...

Goodman Wins LAUSD Teacher of the Year

Nominated by graduating senior, Gabby Lopez.
Rafaelle Cordero
Ms. Goodman

In early May, NAHS social sciences teacher, Ms. Goodman was selected as one of 24 Teachers of the Year  by LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. Goodman is also a National Certified Board Teacher and the lead 12th grade advisor for Senior Council, who plan class events and raise funds for prom. She has taught 24 years of teaching contributing a great deal to the many lives of students here, seniors in particular, at Northridge Academy High School.

Goodman with her husband, and twin sons. (Family photo)

Selected amongst 24 other teachers in the District, Goodman won the nomination, but how did she win this nomination? Gabriella “Gabby” Lopez, Commissioner of Spirit in Senior Council nominated Goodman. According to Lopez, “you have to go through some website, it’s a really long process but basically it’s just through the online site. After you’re nominated, you’re told and you have a series of things you need to do. One of them you needed to get a letter of recommendation from a student, which I wrote. Principal Castro also contributed a similar letter. Once you win, you then go to a meeting that they hold in your honor and you have a speech that you say amongst other teachers who won the nomination.” It’s clear that the nomination process is very important, and is not just from the perspective of other fellow teachers or faculty, but from students as well, which is a highly important aspect as students also have their opinions on teachers.

Gabrielle Lopez (Self-taken)

But why was Goodman chosen over other teachers here at Northridge by Lopez?  “Miss Goodman is the best teacher I’ve ever had. It was an easy choice for me. She works really hard and I just honestly thought she deserved it. My whole family are teachers, so they mentioned the nomination, and I thought, ‘hey, why not put her name in the hat?’ I was really happy that she got nominated and everything went through. She works really hard and I see that a lot in her classes, and I really think she did deserve it.”  After knowing that she received the award, Goodman felt very happy and accomplished, yelling out to Gabby, “Oh my God, I won it!” She is very grateful for her accomplishment of getting the award.

Sadly, Mrs. Goodman will not attend the Class of 2024’s graduation ceremony on June 10, as she has been also selected for a free trip to China to study. Many Senior Council members are highly stricken from this unexpected scenario, especially Lopez. Although, they realize that she deserves it for her hard work and dedication to the Northridge Academy senior class.

Goodman with her Senior Council 2024! (Selfie by Goodman)


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