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2009 – 2010 Teacher of the Year

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2009-2010 Contra Costa County
District Teacher of the Year Representatives

2009-2010 County
Teacher of the Year

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Joell Marchese
San Ramon Valley USD
Pine Valley Middle

 

2009-2010 County Teacher of the Year Finalists

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Mary Alexander
Pittsburg Unified SD
Marina Vista Elementary

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Steven Ernest
Liberty Union HSD
Heritage High

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Joell Marchese
San Ramon Valley USD
Pine Valley Middle


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Mary Alexander
Pittsburg Unified SD
Marina Vista Elementary

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Jacques Casamajor
Mt. Diablo USD
Valley View Middle

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Dean Colombo
John Swett USD
John Swett High

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Leslie Eppinger
Orinda Union SD
Orinda Intermediate

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Steven Ernest
Liberty Union HSD
Heritage High

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David Flores
West Contra Costa Unified SD
Grant Elementary

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Julianne George
Martinez Unified SD
Alhambra High

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Carol Harris
Lafayette SD
Lafayette Elementary

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Durwynne Hsieh
Contra Costa County Community College District
Los Medanos College

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Linn Kissinger
Mt. Diablo Unified SD
El Monte Elementary

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Joell Marchese
San Ramon Valley USD
Pine Valley Middle

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Stacie Maslen
Byron Union SD
Excelsior Middle

2009-2010 District Teachers of the Year

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Betty McPeek
Contra Costa County Office of Education
Mauzy School

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Janet Muirragui
Antioch USD
Deer Valley High

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Stephen Nicolini
Moraga SD
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate

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Frances Prochaska
Brentwood USD
Edna Hill Middle

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Terryann Satterfield
Walnut Creek SD
Buena Vista Elementary

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Julie Swan
Oakley Union ESD
Vintage Parkway Elementary

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Angel Taylor
Knightsen SD
Knightsen Elementary

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Donald Wilson
West Contra Costa USD
Pinole Valley High

 

Note regarding eligible participants:

  • 17 of the 19 Contra Costa County school districts represented
  • Due to the large student and teacher population, the West Contra Costa Unified School District and the Mt. Diablo Unified School District each present two TOY candidates
  • 1 community college (which does not compete in the State Teacher of the Year competition)

CCTV will broadcast the Awards Dinner.. More broadcast information can be found at www.contracostatv.org.

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About the Teachers 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.

With such a high caliber of teaching professionals to draw from, the county uses a three-stage selection process:

  1. Application Screening: In late April, a committee of educators and business partners carefully reviews the applicants that are submitted from the school districts. Members rate each application separately. The top five to six teachers selected then advance to the next phase.
  2. Classroom Observation: A committee observes the selected teachers interacting with students in the classroom & spends time interviewing them on their teaching philosophy and technique. The results of the two screening processes are then combined to determine the three finalists.
  3. In mid August, the three finalists each give a three-minute speech at a district new-teacher orientation, which is judged by a panel of educators and business representatives. All scores are then combined to determine the 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

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Many thanks to our generous donors who make this program a success!

Visionaries

Contra Costa County Office of Education

Contra Costa Times

Chevron

Comcast

Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation

Wells Fargo Foundation

Tesoro Petroleum

Benefactors

Allegro Copy and Print

AT&T

C. Overaa and Company

California Symphony

Center REP/Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts

Chapman University

ConocoPhillips

Festival Opera

George Miller Youth Foundation

Kaiser Permanente

Kelling, Northcross & Nobriga

METRO 1 Credit Union

Shell Oil Products U.S./Martinez Refinery

USS POSCO Industries

Sponsors

ACSA Region 6

Broadway Plaza Shopping Center

CD Federal Credit Union

Diablo Regional Arts Association

Dow Chemical Company

Keenan & Associates

Lakeshore Learning Materials

Mechanics Bank

Susan Stuart & Associates

Contributors

Val and Patty Castro

Judith Collier

Milton and Jackie DeGroodt

Diablo Vista Retired Teachers’ Association

Hilton Concord

Pleasant Hill Florist

Office Depot

Trinity Media, Inc.

 

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

Page updated on: September 08, 2017

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