Ken LaVigne is a 2012 California State Teacher of the Year. In 2007, after almost thirty years as a successful high school football coach, Ken decided to retire from coaching and focus all of his attention on teaching. He was asked to develop a program to help his school’s most at-risk students. He created a program called OASIS (Organized Academic Support In School) and recruited the finest students at La Serna High School to become academic mentors for their struggling classmates. Together, they created a program of support that is rooted in the application of core values that lead to success, not only in school, but in life. The results have been incredible with the great majority of these at-risk students graduating, continuing their education, and moving on to successful lives. Hundreds of teachers, counselors, and administrators have visited his classroom to witness, first hand, how this process works.