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Alexis (King) Sjol

Alexis (King) Sjol (CA '17)

Teacher

Ruben S. Ayala High School
Chino Hills, CA

At the time of the Award, Alexis (King) Sjol was:

Teacher
Ruben S. Ayala High School
Chino Hills, CA

Subject(s) taught: English/Language Arts

Biographical Information

English teacher Alexis King expects her students to try new things, open their minds to fresh ideas, collaborate and interact with their peers, and expand their insights as they work together. In King’s classes at Ruben S. Ayala High School in Chino Hills, students pair up for peer editing assignments modeled after speed dating and execute crime-show-inspired investigations into the death of Julius Caesar. King teaches AP, general education, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and special education students. They love the challenge she provides, flocking to her classes every year because they know she will help them succeed. And they do: King’s AP students pass their exams at a rate of 75% or higher each year, well above the national average. Her college prep classes, which include special education students, earn pass rates on the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) of 95% or higher; many students say they wouldn’t have passed without King’s help.

The chair of Ayala’s English department, King is known to work effectively with students at all levels of ability, confidence and social skills, helping them build language and communication skills they will use for the rest of their lives. She mentors new teachers and runs their orientation, has presented to staff about close reading strategies and integrating technology into the classroom, and has served as the 10th-grade team lead. As a member of the district’s Synced Solution team, King worked to integrate the California Standards into the English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum and piloted the new lessons in her classroom; that curriculum, as well as pre- and post-assessments she created, are now used across the district.

King served as the coordinator for the school’s Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) mid-cycle accreditation visit. She is a member of the California Activities Director Association (CADA) and has served as class advisor to the graduating classes of 2013 and 2017, overseeing activities with these students throughout their four years at Ayala. As an AVID teacher, King helps at-risk students integrate and succeed in difficult classes; she is part of the AVID site team and supports other teachers as they work together to create an atmosphere conducive to the AVID requirements. She comes to her students’ sporting events and plays, attends Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings for her special education students, and exposes students to new cultures through trips with People to People International. King has received the highest compliment a teacher can hope for: former students have come back to tell her that she inspired them to become English teachers as well.

King earned a bachelor’s in English in 2008 from California State University Fullerton and a master’s in special education in 2014 from Point Loma Nazarene University.

Press release: Milken Educator Awards crowns Alexis King the first recipient of the 2017-2018 season

 


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Alexis (King) Sjol In The News

Ayala Teacher Wins National Award, $25,000
Chino Hills Champion  |  Oct 14 , 2017  |  Chino, CA

WATCH: Chino Hills Teacher Honored With $25K Milken Educator Award
KCBS-TV  |  CBS  |  Oct 11 , 2017  |  Los Angeles, CA

Ayala High Teacher Alexis King Wins $25k Award
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin  |  Oct 11 , 2017  |  Rancho Cucamonga, CA

WATCH: A Teacher Was Surprised With A $25,000 Award
KNBC-TV  |  NBC  |  Oct 11 , 2017  |  Los Angeles, CA


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