Desert Sands's County Teacher of the Year

County Teacher of the Year

County Teacher of the Year
Posted on 05/20/2024
Indio High School Teacher Amy Torres

Amy Torres named a 2025 Riverside County Teacher of the Year

INDIO – The unsuspecting students in the first period classroom of Indio High School mathematics teacher, Amy Torres, were in the middle of a final project creating lyrics and songs to help remember math concepts, when an entourage of media, and school, district, and county education leaders burst into the classroom with the news that their teacher has been named a 2025 Riverside County Teacher of the Year.

Amy Torres and Dr. Edwin Gomez“I can see by looking around this classroom that there is a lot of learning that takes place here,” said Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Edwin Gomez, during the surprise visit. “Ms. Torres is a committed educator who emphasizes the significance of mathematics in everyday life. She models good stewardship in her class and across campus, creating a benefit for the entire community.”

“Ever since I started as an AVID tutor here for my first job in education, I always knew that I wanted to be back at Indio High School. It is a privilege to work here, and I enjoy every minute of it,” Amy said immediately following the surprise. “It’s my goal to engage students, help them be successful, and to learn how to give back.”

About Amy Torres
Amy Torres believes that creating an inclusive environment where students feel safe and valued has never been more important for the teaching profession. Her math and AP Statistics classrooms are designed to give students the confidence to try, make mistakes, learn from mistakes, and not feel shame.

Beyond serving as the chair of the mathematics department, Amy is also an advisor for the National Honors Society and California Scholarship Federation, which has led to service, leadership, and learning opportunities in Washington, D.C., and in the local community. As a living example of lifelong learning, she recently obtained a supplementary authorization in computer science and hopes to add advanced placement courses in computer science to the class schedule at Indio High School.

Her colleagues describe Amy as helping every member of the math department grow their content knowledge while “pouring her heart into teaching students that life is about going beyond your limits, and realizing you are capable of helping others regardless of current situations.”

Amy started her teaching career in 2015 as a long-term substitute, then taught mathematics at two different middle schools in Desert Sands USD before landing her current role at Indio High School in 2017. She earned a bachelor's degree in liberal studies with a minor in mathematics from California State University, San Marcos. She later added a master’s degree in mathematics education (secondary) from Western Governors University, and recently completed a computer science supplementary authorization from California State University, Chico.

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