Bharatchandra Parekh, Teacher of the Year, John Muir Early College Magnet

Each year, PUSD recognizes outstanding employees and individuals for their contributions to their schools and communities. PUSD is Proud to celebrate the recipients of the 2022 PUSD Award!

B. Parekh’s career has come full circle, or you might say “circumference” for the math teacher, now Mathematics Department Head at John Muir Early College Magnet and recipient of the 2022 PUSD Teacher of the Year award. In his 14 years at PUSD, Mr. Parekh, has been John Muir’s co-lead teacher of the Arts, Entertainment, and Media Academy, and a math coach. He has also coached girls’ varsity soccer at Pasadena High School.

Mr. Parekh always wanted to be a teacher. Because of challenges for people of color growing up in Apartheid South Africa, those dreams didn’t materialize until later in life – after years working as an electronic technician and later attending night school when he was a stay-at-home dad.

Mr. Parekh believes every child has the ability to reach their full potential academically and beyond the classroom!

John Muir High School Early College Magnet, 1905 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 396-5600 or visit

Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), 351 S. Hudson Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 396-3600 or visit











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