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Nominees for the 2011 Culver City Patch 'Person of the Year'

Be sure to participate in our poll and leave comments to help us choose the 2011 Culver City Patch 'Person of the Year.'

The nominees for the 2011 Patch "Person of the Year" for Culver City have been submitted and we'd like your feedback to help us decide.

We'll use the poll below to help measure the community's thoughts, so make sure to vote and also leave comments to help us with the decision.

The poll and comments will be open until midnight. on Monday, Dec. 26. We'll follow up with a profile of the 2011 Culver City Patch "Person of the Year."

The nominees (in order of nomination) are:

  • , who runs her own pre-school day care business and is active on the PTA boards for Farragut Elementary and Culver City Middle Schools. The nominator says Wacker has shown unbelievable dedication when it comes to improving the educational experiences for the kids.
  • Cathi Green Bratton, who has been a teacher for 12 years at Culver Middle School, is a trustee with the CC Education Foundation and helps put together the yearbook at CCMS. Nominees say she is "the warmest most caring supportive Culver Cityite," and contributes to helping better the education of America's youth.
  • , the outgoing president of the Culver City Board of Education. Zeidman accomplished a lot during his term including mounting a campaign to approve much-needed school funding in the form of a parcel tax; lowering the  size of school enrollment to promote better learning environments, and supporting the capital improvement budget.
  • Ellie Dawson, a parent on various committes at Linwood E. Howe Elementary. The nominator said Dawson "has selflessly given her time, energy, passion, caring and commitment to multiple causes and projects at Linwood E. Howe school. I tell her the "E" in Linwood E. Howe stands for 'Ellie.'"
  • , the owner of restaurant in Culver City. The nominator said she is "not only a business owner and chef, but promotes healthy eating, community building events, free cooking classes and is just an amazing business woman and person."
  • , newly-elected CCUSD board member and a former teacher at CCHS. The nominator said, "40+ years teaching at CCHS, and she retires and CONTINUES to put Culver kids first as our new school board member."
Melissa Wilson December 22, 2011 at 09:22 PM
Thank you to Scott Zeidman for four amazing years on the CCUSD school board. Even if you didn't agree with every decision he made, you can't deny his dedication to our children -- from Kindergarten to High School. I am eternally grateful to him for his leadership and for setting such a high standard for other school board members to follow in the future. We now know what to expect of them.
Kelly Hartog December 22, 2011 at 11:06 PM
Just a reminder to please respect the Patch Terms of Use. We encourage and support comments on the site, but as per our terms of use all personal attacks on individuals and vicious comments will not be tolerated and will be deleted. The comments on this story are to let us know why you think someone deserves to be the Patch Person of the Year - not why someone does not. Thank you! Keep your recommendations coming.
Gary Abrams December 26, 2011 at 01:35 AM
Ellie ellie ellie
Linda Rosenberg December 26, 2011 at 03:00 AM
Ellie gives countless hours, dedication and unbound enthusiasm to Culver City kids with her involvement in the classroom, helping out the entire school community, and in the Lin Howe PTA and Booster Clubs. If you look up selfless in the dictionary, Ellie is listed. Voted for Ellie, she deserves it.
Joey Taylor December 28, 2011 at 05:00 PM
If we searched the wide world over I don't think we could find another Ellie Dawson. Her integrity shines on her face and she gives with a spirit of generosity that goes beyond any and every limit. She is quite frankly a National Treasure and we at Lin Howe are proud to say "She is ours." Ellie Dawson is so deserving of this honor.

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