Acalanes Union High School District 2019-20 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit

Acalanes Union High School District 2019-20 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
Posted on 05/21/2019

MORAGA, Calif., May 14, 2019 – Recently, Paul Verbanszky’s social studies classroom at Campolindo High School, in Moraga, received a visit from Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey. Since 2004, Verbanszky has been teaching such high school courses as U.S. history, European history, government, economics, and publications at Campolindo. In addition, he has also been a very successful Academic Decathlon advisor. This past March, the 18-year educator was named by the Acalanes Union High School District as their Teacher of the Year (TOY).

Throughout the school year, Superintendent Mackey makes it a point to visit each incoming TOY in their classrooms, before they are all honored at the renowned annual Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year Gala Dinner. This is a great way for her to meet the teachers and their students, as well as take in the day’s lesson plan.

On the evening of September 26, 2019, the 22 Contra Costa County TOYs, class of 2019-20, including Verbanszky, will be introduced and honored at the annual Teacher of the Year Gala Dinner, held at the Hilton Concord. The 22 TOYs will be accompanied by their families, friends, and co-workers. The expected crowd of close to 500 will also include numerous other supporters of the program. For more information about this year’s CCCOE TOY Program, please review this earlier-sent news release.

“As the principal of Campolindo High School, I have had the pleasure of working with Paul Verbanszky for the past six years,” says Campolindo Principal John Walker. Through preparation, focused collaboration, and commitment to student success, Paul has established himself as an outstanding educator and a valued colleague. As a fellow teacher told me, ‘Paul utilizes dynamic teaching methods and strategies to reach his students and never compromises the integrity of the course, curriculum, or content when attempting to convey complex subjects to his students.’ During his 15 years here, Paul has served our school’s community, both inside and outside the classroom.”

Walker adds, “A great example of his work outside the classroom is Paul’s dedication to our Academic Decathlon program. As the program’s advisor, he ensures that all club members find a meaningful avenue for participation. The program requires a significant time commitment and Paul gives selflessly of his ‘free time’ to help the students coordinate and train for competitions. Campolindo’s Academic Decathlon teams have made the state finals for the past nine years and recently won a national championship.”

Currently, there are approximately 8,637 teachers educating nearly 178,000 students in Contra Costa County’s public schools. To recognize their efforts and bring much-deserved honor to the teaching profession, the participating school districts in the county named their TOY representatives in mid-March.

The incoming 22 TOYs represent 17 Contra Costa County school districts, the Contra Costa Community College District, and the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE). Most of these representatives, those who teach grades TK-12, are eligible to compete in the Contra Costa County TOY competition. The two top teachers in the county TOY program will represent Contra Costa County in the California State TOY Program this coming fall.

Note regarding eligible participants:

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. (These instructors do not compete in the State Teacher of the Year competition.) This year is Contra Costa College’s turn.

Due to the larger number of students and teachers in their districts, West Contra Costa USD, Mt. Diablo USD, and San Ramon Valley USD are allowed to submit two TOY candidates.

Follow Contra Costa County’s Teacher of the Year program on Twitter and Instagram: #cocotoy

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