2016-2017 Contra Costa
District Teacher of the Year Representatives
2016-2017 County Teacher of the Year Finalists
Mt. Diablo Unified SD
Valley View Middle
Oakley Union SD
Liberty Union High SD
San Ramon Valley
Jamie Cackler Bennetts
Knightsen Elementary SD
Acalanes Union High SD
San Ramon Valley
Dougherty Valley High
Pittsburg Unified SD
Martinez Unified SD
Daniel Yoshio Haley
Mt. Diablo Unified SD
El Dorado Middle
Lafayette SD Schools
West Contra Costa
Walnut Creek SD
Buena Vista Elementary
Antioch Unified SD
Contra Costa Community College District
Contra Costa College
Orinda Union SD
Wagner Ranch Elementary
West Contra Costa
El Cerrito High
Deborah Guillén Rocchild
John Swett Unified SD
John Swett High
Brentwood Union SD
2016-2017 County District Teachers of the Year
Byron Union SD
Timber Point Elementary
Note regarding eligible participants:
- Seventeen of the eighteen Contra Costa County school districts represented (plus the CCCOE) are participating in this year’s TOY program.
- Each year, one instructor from Contra Costa Community College District is submitted to the TOY program for his/her outstanding body of work with their designated college. The colleges rotate each year between Diablo Valley, Los Medanos, and Contra Costa. This year, it is Los Medanos College's turn. (These instructors do not compete in the State Teacher of the Year competition.)
- Due to the larger number of students in their districts, West Contra Costa USD, Mt. Diablo USD, and San Ramon Valley USD are allowed to select two TOY candidates.
CCTV will broadcast the Awards Dinner:
- Sunday, October 18 at 5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m.
- Friday, October 23 at 11:00 a.m.
- Sunday, October 25 at 5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 28 at 1:00 p.m.
CCTV is Comcast channel 27, and AT&T U-verse channel 99 (Wave customers – channel 32)
More broadcast information can be found at www.contracostatv.org.
Teacher of the Year Awards Dinner Video
return to top of page
2015-16 Teacher of the Year Selection Committee
Damian Alacon, Travis Credit Union
Hon. Steve Austin, Contra Costa County Superior Court
Evelyn Bachelor, Brandman University
Tom Barnidge, Contra Costa Newspapers, Inc.
Daniel Cabral, Contra Costa Co. District Attorney's Office
Fire Chief Jeff Carmen, Contra Costa County
Fire Protection District
Pete Crooks, Diablo magazine
Hilary Dito, Contra Costa County Office of Education
Luke Ellis, G.J.E.L. Accident Attorneys
Hon. Jill Fannin, Contra Costa County Superior Court
Karl Fischer, Contra Costa Health Services
Lori Herington, Comcast
Mary Knox, Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office
Robin Lipetzky, Contra Costa Co. Office of the Public Defender
Aimee Lohr, Philips 66
Maria McCullough, Pittsburg Unified School District (ret.)
Dr. Diane Mukerjee, California State University, East Bay
Dr. Heidi Rambo, St. Mary's College
Nicole Rigg, Chevron USA, Inc.
Vera Rowsey, West Contra Costa Retired Teachers' Assoc.
Matthew Schuler , Contra Costa Co. Office of the Sheriff
Marsha Tokuyoshi, Contra Costa Co. Office of Education
Nancy Vandel, 32nd PTA
Michael Wasilchin, West Contra Costa Unified School District
Erica Williams, Contra Costa Co. Schools Insurance Group
Susan Yamashita, Lafayette School District (ret)
About the Teacher of the Year Program
In 1972, California began recognizing
outstanding teachers, establishing the Teachers of the Year Program.
This program is open to all teachers in public & private schools
who teacher pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Contra Costa
County has participated in the program since its beginning, when
Joseph E. Davis, Jr., of the Acalanes Union High School District,
was named the county's first representative.
Since that time, four teachers from
this county have been State finalists: Janet Neill, San Ramon Valley
Unified (1975); David Eakin, John Swett Unified (1981); William Thomas,
Mt. Diablo Unified (1982); and Janice Bergamini, Mt. Diablo Unified
(1991). In addition, William Pence, San Ramon Valley Unified (1999),
was selected to represent California at the National Teacher of the
Year level. And, in the last two years, the County has had two other
state representatives Mary Allan, Antioch Unified (2001) and
Janet Gower, Mt. Diablo Unified (2002). For a list of all of the Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Representatives please click here.
The county's TOY program is directed by the CCCOE. With such a high caliber of teaching professionals to draw from, the CCCOE’s TOY program uses a three-stage selection process, with a point and percentage system to determine the final candidate as follows:
I Application Screening:
On March 20, a committee of 13, representing the county’s education, business, and public-sector partners meticulously reviewed the applications submitted by the school districts. This committee independently rated each application. After the application screening and scoring were completed, five teachers were selected to advance to the next phase as semifinalists.
II Classroom Observation and Interview:
During the weeks of late April and early May, a small committee of education specialists and business partners will observe the semifinalists interacting with their students. Immediately following, the committee interviews the candidates, discussing topics such as their teaching philosophy and techniques. The results of the two screening processes are then combined to determine the four finalists.
III Speech Presentation:
This coming August, the four TOY finalists will each give a three- to five-minute speech to another panel of a dozen educators, business, and public-sector representatives who will judge the finalists on their speech and presentation skills.
On the evening of September 24, 2015, all 22 TOYs, accompanied by their families, friends, and co-workers (an audience of approximately 400) will be honored at the annual Teacher of the Year Dinner Celebration, held at the Hilton Concord. Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata, who serves as master of ceremonies, introduces the TOYs by sharing a special story that reflects his classroom visits of each teacher during the recent spring and summer months. This will be followed by the four finalists giving their three- to five-minute speeches (same speeches given in August) to the filled banquet room. The excitement-filled evening will come to a dramatic close with the announcement of the 2015-2016 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year.
The County representative is announced at the Awards
Dinner in September at a gala affair that honors each district's
Teacher of the Year. Local business and community organizations generously
donate classroom grants, services and other items to each of the district
Learn more about donating to the Teacher
of the Year program.
There are four major categories or levels
for donating to the TOY Program:
Most sponsors earmark their grants for the teachers'
classrooms or schools; Contra Costa Newspapers, Inc. sponsors the dinner
itself, and the cost of dinner for each of the Teachers of the Year and
three of their guests.
For more information, or to donate to the Program, please
e-mail Jonathan Lance at firstname.lastname@example.org