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2015 Teachers of the Year throw out the first pitch at Oakland A's game

2015 Teachers of the Year, Brian Wheeler (Martinez) and Elizabeth Lanfranki (Pittsburg)
throw out the first pitch at the July 1 Oakland A's game
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2015-2016 Contra Costa County
District Teacher of the Year Representatives

 

2015-2016 County Teacher of the Year Finalists

Paul Fitzgerald

Paul Fitzgerald
Acalanes Union High SD
Miramonte High

Dawn Foote

Dawn Foote
Brentwood Union SD
Ron Nunn Elementary

Maria McClain

Maria McClain
Antioch Unified SD
Deer Valley High

Kate Perry

Kate Perry
Liberty Union High SD
Independence High


Michele Bain

Michele Bain
Knightsen Elementary SD
Knightsen Elementary

Lourdes Beleche

Lourdes Beleche
Mt. Diablo Unified SD
Cambridge Elementary

Kathleen Doerr

Kathleen Doerr
John Swett Unified SD
Carquinez Middle

David Giordano

David Giordano, IV
Mt. Diablo Unified SD
Olympic High

Sripriya Gopalan

Sripriya Gopalan
San Ramon Valley
Unified SD
Live Oak Elementary

Debbie Henry

Debbie Henry
Oakley Union SD
Almond Grove Elementary

Diane Klaczynski

Vickie Hilty
Orinda Union SD
Sleepy Hollow Elementary

Diane Klaczynski

Diane Klaczynski
Pittsburg Unified SD
Hillview Junior High

Georgeann Kurtz

Georgeann Kurtz
San Ramon Valley
Unified SD
Gale Ranch Middle

Maribel Lopez

Maribel Lopez
West Contra Costa
Unified SD
Dover Elementary

Juanita McSweeney

Juanita McSweeney
Lafayette SD
Happy Valley Elementary

Takeo Nobori

Takeo Nobori
Byron Union SD
Excelsior Middle

Laurel Patterson

Laurel Patterson
CCCOE
Marchus School

Don Read

Don Read
Moraga SD
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate

Christina Schreiber

Christina Schreiber
Martinez Unified SD
Martinez Junior High

Shauna Tatum

Shauna Tatum
Walnut Creek SD
Walnut Heights Elementary

 

Keith Valdez

Keith Valdez
West Contra Costa Unified SD
Hanna Ranch Elementary

Michael Yeong

Michael Yeong
Contra Costa Community College District
Los Medanos College

 
2015-2016 County District Teachers of the Year

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.

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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 winners.

Learn more about donating to the Teacher of the Year program.

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Honor Our Teachers: Donate to the Teachers of the Year Program

There are four major categories or levels for donating to the TOY Program:

  1. Visionaries: $5,000 to $10,000 range
  2. Benefactors: $1,000 to $4,999 range
  3. Sponsors: $500 to $999 range
  4. Contributors: $499 or below in amount or services

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 jlance@cccoe.k12.ca.us


Many thanks to our generous donors who made our 2014-15 program a success!

Visionaries

Chevron

Contra Costa County Office of Education

Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation

Saint Mary's College of California,
Kalmanovitz School of Education

 

Benefactors

Allegro Copy and Print

C. Overaa and Company

California Symphony

Center REP/Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts

Contra Costa Newspapers, Inc.

George Miller Youth Foundation

Phillips 66

Shell Oil Products U.S./Martinez Refinery

Travis Credit Union

USS POSCO Industries

Sponsors

ACSA Region 6

Broadway Plaza Shopping Center

Keenan & Associates

Susan Stuart/Capitol Advisors

 

Contributors

Val and Patty Castro

Cole Supply Company, Inc.

Denalect Alarm

Hein Lighting & Electric, Inc.

Hilton Concord

Kell-Aire

KNN Public Finance

O'Conner, Runkle, & O'Malley, LLP

Office Depot

Pleasant Hill Florist

Trinity Media, Inc.

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Teacher of the Year Contact
Communications Specialist/Teacher of the Year/Media Relations 925.942.3429
FAX, Communications   925.942.3454

Page updated on: August 20, 2015

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