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

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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."
kelly green Koffman December 20, 2011 at 02:46 AM
Susan Williams December 20, 2011 at 03:11 AM
I always knew Cathi was wonderful and now everyone in Culver City will too. Way to go, Cathi.
Kim Handelman December 20, 2011 at 03:38 AM
I agree with what Kelly and Susan said! Culver City is lucky to have Cathi Green Bratton!
Amy Lidsky December 20, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Cathi gets my vote! You deserve it! Best, caring teacher in Culver!!!
betsy Joy Green December 20, 2011 at 11:27 AM
Cathi You are so dedicated to your job and Culver City You are one in a million Betsy Joy and Al Erman
Carla Tulchin December 20, 2011 at 08:18 PM
Cathi, in addition to the above comments, has the sunniest smile always, keeping and making Culver City bright!
Ken O'Brien December 20, 2011 at 11:05 PM
All parents and children owe Scott Zeidman a debt of gratitude for his selfless service. Let’s send a message of appreciation to Scott and make him person of the year!
Ivan Garcia December 20, 2011 at 11:20 PM
Scott's not only great for Culver City, he's a great boss, too.
Thomas L. Roditis December 21, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Way to go Ellie!!!!! You beyond deserve this. All the hard that you done and have never complained about doing. If more people acted like that it would be a much better place!
R. Rosenberg December 21, 2011 at 02:34 AM
I am certain that all of the candidates are well deserving, but I must tell you what an outstanding asset Cathi Green Bratton is, and always has been, to Culver City. She is a staunch supporter of the schools and the City. Every student and parent who has come into contact with her will tell you what an impact she has made in their lives during the year that she was their teacher and well beyond. It is a joy to see her being recognized!
Haleh Clapp December 21, 2011 at 02:40 AM
Ellie, your dedication has been amazing and the kids are having a better chance of educational support and success because of your hard work! Way to go!
William Hedlund December 21, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Congratulations Ellie! You truly deserve this. Your tireless work at the school is benefiting so many children and is tremendouly appreciated by parents. Every school should have an "Ellie"!
Jamie Wallace December 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM
So glad to see Scott nominated!! In four short years he did so much for our schools and our students. Ask the sports teams who showed up for their games, ask the booster clubs who showed up for their events, they'll all tell you that Scott went above and beyond supporting and cheering on everyone! He's a great guy and deserves Person of the Year. Heck he kept our school district solvent in a time of economic chaos!
Tami Wedekind December 22, 2011 at 02:11 AM
I echo Jamie Wallace's sentiments...great asset to the school district and the community!
nancy burne December 22, 2011 at 03:23 AM
Each person is deserving in their own way, and I know several of them and their accomplishments. However, I have never seen the drive and dedication of a School Board member such as Scott Zeidman gave to the community. When was he NOT at any school function, when was he NOT supporting our students, when did he NEVER get back to you when you email the School Board. Scott fought for the students and to keep this District sound economically as well performing at the top educationally. He deserves our vote and he deserves this honor. Go Scott. The rest of the candidates are also winners in their own right.
Sachiko Machado December 22, 2011 at 06:22 AM
Ditto what Nancy Burne said!
Jody Reichel December 22, 2011 at 08:52 PM
I have admired and appreciated Scott Zeidman's dedication to our kids, our schools and our community for years. I am so grateful for his proactive smarts and agree with all of the wonderful things that have been said about him. But I have also seen how transformative Bonnie Wacker has been as a parent volunteer at CCMS— creating Panther Partners, initiating Jogathan, the summer clean-up festival where parents meet and mingle while beautifying the campus, the library renovation, spearheading fundraising for after school programs in mural painting, theatre, chess, sports…And I know what a valued member of the Ed Foundation Cathi Green-Bratton is, and even more important, what an exceptional teacher she was for my son. How can we ever value anyone more than the wonderful teachers our children are lucky enough to have? I am starting to suspect that if I knew the other nominees as well as I know these three, I would hold them in equal esteem. So I don't know who will win the title of 'Person of the Year', but I do know that every one of us should be thankful each and every day that we have people like them in our community. The title is for a year, but their contributions last far longer.
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 (Editor) 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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