Del Norte Teacher is One of Three to Receive District Honors

Del Norte High School computer science teacher Mark Lantsberger was recently selected as one of the three 2017 District Teachers of the Year. A committee of district and site representatives selected the PUSD Teachers of the Year based on criteria which included: innovations inside the classroom, contributions to their schools and the district, and commitment to their students. Susan Michelena and Keith Opstad were the other two Teachers of the Year.

Mark has been teaching for 20 years. He developed his computer science curriculum from scratch, giving students insight and a deeper understanding of both C and JAVA programming languages. His computer science club students developed an app that was recognized by Apple, and he also advises a new Girls in Computing Club to encourage more young women to pursue computer science. In addition to coding, Mark incorporates current social and ethical topics related to computer science into his classes, telling stories and acting out abstract concepts in entertaining ways to aid his students’ understanding. Perhaps his greatest achievements are the long-term mentoring relationships he has developed with his students into adulthood. Some of his former students now work at Microsoft, Amazon, and Google, and have even become CEOs of their own software companies.

“Congratulations to our three teachers of the year!” said Acting Superintendent Dr. Mel Robertson. “It is evident from their passion and expertise that they are inspiring their students each day to grow, learn, and develop their own passions. They truly represent all the incredible teachers we have throughout our school district.” All three teachers will be submitted for consideration for County Teacher of the Year. Learn more at