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Fred Leininger

Position: Independent Studies Teacher
School: Polaris High School
School District: Anaheim Union High School District
City, State: Anaheim, CA

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Fred Leininger was nominated by his colleague, Kori Muniz Jones.

Mr. Leininger has been teaching and coaching since 1990. He has been making a positive impact on countless students' lives. Everywhere he goes, he is recognized as a favorite teacher by former students. 

At graduation ceremonies, Mr. Leininger is always approached by families and students with deep gratitude for his "not giving up on their student" philosophy. This says a tremendous amount since he is an independent studies teacher. This is often the last chance some students have to graduate high school. 

Mr. Leininger has served as a math department chair for many years. He has also coached soccer, water polo, and speech and debate at both the high school and colleague levels. He had also served his school on the WASC Accreditation Committee.

Mr. Leininger has demonstrated a high moral standard of professionalism as well as a nurturing concern for his students and parents alike over these many years. He takes the time to get to know his students and parents.

"I am proud to be associated with this outstanding teacher," said Muniz Jones.