By Kris Corey
Mr. Joseph Arbizu was selected as the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Teacher of the Year for the 2020-2021 school year. The official announcement was made at the January 28, 2021 meeting of the Governing Board. Mr. Arbizu was one of twenty-six outstanding educators celebrated and recognized by the Governing Board for their outstanding excellence. Mr. Arbizu will represent FSUSD as the district’s Teacher of the Year at the upcoming Solano County recognition.
Mr. Arbizu was initially nominated by his peers at Armijo High School for this award. Now in his eleventh year as a teacher, Mr. Arbizu currently teaches Algebra II, Integrated Math I, and Geometry. He shared that he came into the teaching profession to share his love of mathematics with his community. He passionately states, “Mathematics to me is sacred. It’s as much a part of our humanity and culture as are the arts.” Principal Sheila Smith said this of Mr. Arbizu, “He is the best! He gives of his time to support students throughout the year, no matter what time of day. He finds time to check in on people and he makes their day brighter. He demonstrates leadership beyond the school day and is a champion for each and every one of his students.”