Charlene Fried Selected as Top Educator of the Year by IAOTP

Charlene Fried Selected as Top Educator of the Year by IAOTP

Charlene Fried, Faculty Member at Sierra Vista High-School, was recently selected as Top Educator of the Year 2024 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for her outstanding leadership, dedication, and commitment to the industry. 

Inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself; only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations, and contributions to their communities. All Honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP annual award gala during the year for a night to honor their achievements.

With decades of exceptional experience, Ms. Fried has certainly proven herself as an expert in her industry, Ms. Fried has dedicated her entire career to teaching at Sierra Vista High School (SVHS) in Baldwin Park, CA. She is very knowledgeable in the areas of social-emotional development, English, English as a second language, and bilingual education. Throughout her amazing career, she gained recognition as the first bilingual teacher at the school, catering to a varied student body.

In addition to instructing high school students, Ms. Fried has received invitations to lecture at California State University, Los Angeles, and Loyola Marymount University. She has the position of Lecturer B at CSULA, specifically in the Charter College of Education. She teaches courses on ELD techniques, academic language, classroom management, and several other subjects within the certification program. In addition, she oversees student teachers. She is a part-time lecturer at Loyola Marymount University and teaches classes on English Language Development (ELD),Spanish methodology, literacy, assessment, and strategies for effectively working with diverse student populations in local schools. 

Before embarking on her professional career path, Ms. Fried obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Public Speaking from San Francisco State University in 1968 and later earned a Master of Science degree in Bilingual Cross-Cultural Education from Pepperdine University in 1984. She has obtained accreditation in Spanish from the University of Salamanca and the University of Valencia, Spain, in addition to her other educational achievements. In addition, she has qualifications she received a Bilingual Cross-Cultural Specialist in Bilingual Education in Spanish from Pepperdine University. 

Throughout her illustrious career, Ms. Fried has received many awards and accolades and has been recognized worldwide for her accomplishments. This year she will be considered for the Empowered Woman Award and to be featured in TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine. She will be honored at IAOTP’s annual awards gala at Nashville’s magnificent Opryland Hotel in December for her selections as Top Educator of the Year 2024.Ms. Fried received recognition from both CABE and NABE as the Bilingual Teacher of the Year. In addition, she was honored with the Corazon Award by CABE and, in 2023, was recognized as the Woman Educator of the Year by California Senator Susan Rubio, among other commendations. In addition to receiving several accolades, Ms. Fried has been featured in other media platforms and podcasts, such as EdSource Magazine, in both 2021 and 2022, where she discussed her distinctive teaching methodology. In May 2022, the Baldwin Park Unified School District honored Ms. Fried by dedicating the library at Sierra Vista High School after her, calling it the Charlene Fried Library. This year, she will be featured in Marquis Who’s Who in America.

In addition to her successful career, Ms. Fried has also been involved as a workshop presenter for the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), and several other organizations. Throughout her professional career, she has received invitations to do educational research and visit schools in both Spain and Mexico. Her extensive worldwide travels have played a crucial role in shaping her understanding of the structures and aims of different educational systems throughout the world. She and her husband drove from Los Angeles to Brazil (shipping the car from Costa Rica to Venezuela) to learn more about the home countries of many of her students.  She has also traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Morocco. Ms. Fried is now engaged in the ongoing study of the Mayan language. In addition, she and her son, Jose Luis Perez, have dedicated their time as volunteers in Quintana Roo, Mexico, with the aim of promoting Spanish and English literacy among Mayan-speaking youngsters. Their objective is to enhance the children’s scholastic and job prospects.

The President of the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP), Stephanie Cirami, stated: “Choosing Ms. Charlene Fried for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make. Charlene is inspirational, influential, and a true visionary and thought leader. We cannot wait to meet her and celebrate her accomplishments at this year’s gala.” 

Looking back, Ms. Fried attributes her success to her perseverance, work ethic, and the mentors she has had along the way. She has become who she is thanks to the amazing students she has had the honor and pleasure to serve over the many years of her career. When not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. In the future, she hopes to inspire and influence those getting into the teaching industry. 

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