Hoffman named county's performing arts teacher of the year
Arellanes Junior High School music teacher Aniela Hoffman has been named the 2019 Santa Barbara Bowl performing arts teacher of the year for Santa Barbara County.
The award, which was created through a partnership between the County Education Office and the Bowl, is dedicated to supporting performing arts in the community. Hoffman, an 18-year music teacher, will succeed Cabrillo High School music teacher Garson Olivieri as the performing arts teacher of the year next academic year.
"Aniela is dedicated to enriching our students' lives with music not just here and now, but for their futures," Arellanes Principal Genevieve Beaird said. "She never stops supporting her students’ growth and passion for music."
County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido praised Hoffman's "passion, energy and enthusiasm for the performing arts," crediting her with inspiring "young students to develop an enduring appreciation for music and the arts."
Hoffman will be honored at the County Education Office's sixth annual "A Salute to Teachers" gala, which recognizes award-winning educators from across the county. The gala, co-sponsored by the County Education Office and Cox Communications, will be held in the fall.
San Luis Obispo County
Santa Maria man dies in motorcycle crash near Arroyo Grande
The California Highway Patrol has identified a Santa Maria man who died after losing control of his motorcycle while traveling near Arroyo Grande early Wednesday evening.
CHP identified the decedent as Andy Ismael Castillo, 34.
Just after 7:30 p.m., Castillo was riding his 2005 Yamaha R6, traveling eastbound on Los Berros Road at Dale Avenue, just west of Highway 101, when he veered away from the roadway and lost control of his motorcycle, according to the CHP.
As the motorcycle overturned, Castillo was ejected and sustained fatal injuries. There also was major damage to the motorcycle.
CHP said Castillo was wearing a helmet, and that alcohol/drugs are not suspected to be a contributing factor in the collision.
The crash remains under investigation at this time. Witnesses with any information are urged to contact the CHP in San Luis Obispo at 594-8700.