Cavalluzzi, El Dorado High School teacher, paused in the middle of her world affairs lesson just after 11 a.m. Wednesday as her three young children and husband, Tony, entered her classroom – an entourage of county education leaders in tow – to name her one of five 2012 Orange County teachers of the year.
"Mommy, we're here," said J.D., age 4."Wow, this is so amazing," Cavalluzzi said, overcome with emotion. "Having my family here is so special. I am not always able to spend as much time with them because of my job. So I'm glad they can share this moment with me."