2021-2022 Teachers of the Year

 2021-2022 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Finalists

Alisha Douglass Liberty Union High School District
Kristen Plant Acalenes Union High School District
Michelle Wilson San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Christina Zenzano Pittsburg Unified School District

Alisha Douglass

Liberty Union High School District

Liberty High School

Kristen
Plant

Acalanes Union High School District

Miramonte High School

Michelle Wilson

San Ramon Valley Unified School District

Dougherty Valley High School

Christina Zenzano

Pittsburg Unified School District

Rancho Medanos Junior High School

 2021-2022 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Candidates


Casey Bowles Lafayette School District

Casey Bowles

Lafayette School District

Springhill Elementary School

Sarah Buhre Contra Costa County Office of Education

Sarah Buhre

Contra Costa County Office of Education

East County Student Programs

Louise Colbert Byron Union School District

Louise Colbert

Byron Union School District

Excelsior Middle School

Alisha Douglass Liberty Union High School District

Alisha Douglass

Liberty Union High School District

Liberty High School

Patricia Facteau San Ramon Valley Unified School District

Patricia Facteau

San Ramon Valley Unified School District

Golden View Elementary School

Clare Fallon Moraga School District

Clare Fallon

Moraga School District

Moraga Elementary School

Christina Ferry West Contra Costa Unified School District

Christina Ferry

West Contra Costa Unified School District

Lovonya DeJean Middle School

Nicholaus Garcia Contra Costa Community College District

Nicholaus Garcia

Contra Costa Community College District

Los Medanos College

Ryan Hussey Martinez Unified School District

Ryan Hussey

Martinez Unified School District

Alhambra High School

Carlo Juntilla West Contra Costa County Unified School District

Carlo Juntilla

West Contra Costa Unified School District

Alhambra High School

Eden Kennedy-Hoffman John Swett Unified School District

Eden Kennedy-Hoffman

John Swett Unified School District

Carquinez Middle School

Scott McCurdy Brentwood Union School District

Scott McCurdy

Brentwood Union School District

School

Elizabeth McDonagh Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Elizabeth McDonagh

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Prospect High School

Kristen Plant Acalanes Union High School District

Kristen Plant

Acalanes Union High School District

Miramonte High School

Chelsea Ridenour Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Chelsea Ridenour

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Diablo View Middle School

Susan Sisson Walnut Creek Unified School District

Susan Sisson

Walnut Creek School District

Buena Vista Elementary School

Crystal Van Dyke Antioch Unified School District

Crystal Van Dyke

Antioch Unified School District

Mission Elementary School

Michelle Wilson San Ramon Valley Unified School District

Michelle Wilson

San Ramon Valley Unified School District

Dougherty Valley High School

Shauna Yeager Orinda Union School District

Shauna Yeager

Orinda Union School District

Wagner Rach Elementary School

Christina Zenzano Pittsburg Unified School District

Christina Zenzano

Pittsburg Unified School District

Rancho Medanos Junior High School

 Ann Ajimura Knightsen Elementary School District

Ann Ajimura

Knightsen Elementary School District

Old River Elementary School

     

 

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 schools who teach pre-kindergarten through college. 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, eight 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); Janice Bergamini, Mt. Diablo Unified (1991); Shauna Hawes, Mt. Diablo Unified (2017); and Kelly Perkins (Mt. Diablo Unified (2019). The County has had four State winners: Mary Allan, Antioch Unified (2001); Janet Gower, Mt. Diablo Unified (2002); and William Pence, San Ramon Valley Unified (1999); and Rosie Reid, Mt. Diablo Unified (2019). Both William Pence and Rosie Reid were selected to represent California at the National Teacher of the Year level.

List of past Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Representatives from 1977 to present (PDF)

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:

In April/May, a committee representing the county's education, business, and public-sector partners will meticulously review the applications submitted by the school districts. This committee independently rates each application. After the application screening and scoring are completed, four teachers will be selected to advance to the next phase as semifinalists.

II Classroom Observation and Interview:

In May, a committee of former County Teachers of the Year 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:

On July 24, 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, 2020, 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 Gala Dinner, held at the Hilton Concord. Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey, who serves as master of ceremonies, introduces the TOYs by sharing a special story that reflects her 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 July) to the filled banquet room. The excitement-filled evening will come to a dramatic close with the announcement of the 2020-2021 Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year.

The County representatives are 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.

HONOR OUR TEACHERS: DONATE TO THE TEACHERS OF THE YEAR PROGRAM

There are four major categories or levels for donating to the TOY Program:
Title Sponsor -- Chevron USA ($10,000)

  1. Visionaries: $5,000 to $9,999 range (2 complimentary tickets to the Gala dinner)

  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; Chevron, Inc. sponsors the dinner itself, and the cost of dinner for each of the Teachers of the Year and three of their guests, in addition to $5,000 towards classroom grant distributed amongst the Teachers of the Year.

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

Chevron, Title Sponsor 
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Visionaries

Contra Costa County Office of Education

Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation

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

Wells Fargo Bank

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Benefactors

Allegro Copy and Print

Bay Area Newspaper Group

C. Overaa and Company

Center REP/Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts

Dannis, Woliver and Kelley Attorneys at Law

Fagen, Friedman and Fulfrost, LLP

Gillin Jacobson, Ellis, Larsen and Lucey 
Accident Attorneys

John Muir Health

Kaiser Permanente

McGraw Hill

Mechanics Bank

The Oakland Athletics

Phillips 66

Shell Martinez Refinery

Sunset Development Company

Travis Credit Union

University of California, Berkeley Intercollegiate Athletics

USS POSCO Industries

 

Sponsors

ACSA Region 6

Barrett Rodda, Short Story Films

Carlos Reyes

Denalect Alarm

Keenan & Associates

Mike and Shari Maxwell

Office Depot

Pleasant Hill Rotary Foundation


Contributors

1st Northern California Credit Union

Capitol Advisors

CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer

Cole Supply Company, Inc.

Contra Costa County School Insurance Group

Hilton Concord

Lakeshore Learning


Lozano Smith

O'Conner, Runckel, and O'Malley, LLP

Packaging Options USA

Peet's Coffee, Pleasant Hill

 

 

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Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year being honored at Teachers' Night Out at the Oakland A's Coliseum! 

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