We’ve been honoring outstanding teachers in the Bay Area, and on Tuesday night, it’s someone who works with boys detained in Alameda County’s Juvenile Justice Center.

Christine Rominiecki has been at the Butler Academic Center for more than 15 years.

Colleagues say she offers her students hope and goes out of her way to make them feel they’re special and have meaning.

She tries to come up with fun and interesting ways of learning.

Her principal says she knows how to teach complex problems to kids who may not have been exposed to the material before or who haven’t gone to school for long periods.

He says you can see their confidence increasing.

At holidays, Christine works hard and spends her own money to make things special for the boys.

Everyone agrees she’s genuinely dedicated.

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