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Contra Costa County Office of Education hosts first-ever Safe Schools Summit
10/25/2018
PLEASANT HILL, Calif., October 25, 2018 – The first-ever Contra Costa County Safe Schools Summit, featuring the official launch of the partnership between the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) and Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) was held on Wednesday, October 24, at the Pleasant Hill Community Center.
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Contra Costa County Teacher Selected to Represent California in 2019 National Teacher of the Year Competition
10/10/2018
PLEASANT HILL, Calif., October 10, 2018—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Tuesday that Northgate High School teacher, Rosie Reid will represent California in the National Teacher of the Year competition.
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Contra Costa educators honored at the annual Teacher of the Year Dinner Gala
10/02/2018
CONCORD, Calif., September 28, 2018 ¬– Last night’s annual Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year (TOY) Dinner Gala was filled with radiant inspiration, as 22 deserving county school district teachers were honored in front of a crowd of more than 400 attendees at the Hilton Concord.
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Veteran teachers training to be mentors to their new colleagues
09/24/2018
PLEASANT HILL, Calif., September 24, 2019 – Recently, 36 veteran K-12 teachers were on hand for the first of three day-long workshops to learn how to become effective mentors to their newer fellow educators.
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September is Attendance Awareness Month
09/12/2018
PLEASANT HILL, Calif., September 11, 2018 – With the new school year underway across Contra Costa County, it’s more important than ever that our students be in class every day – ready to learn.
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Contra Costa County Educators Featured at Annual Education Summit
08/06/2018
HAYWARD, Calif., August 3, 2018 – On Friday, July 27, Contra Costa County educators were well represented at the fourth annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit, held at CSU East Bay, in Hayward.
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Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year finalist complete their final phase
07/25/2018
PLEASANT HILL, Calif., July 25, 2018 – It was an absolute morning of numerous smiles, a few teary eyes, and plenty of inspiration for the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) employees (who served as the audience) and invited speech judges at the annual Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Speech Presentation, held on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at the CCCOE’s Stewart Building, in Pleasant Hill.
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Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata and Acalanes High Union High School District’s Teacher of the Year Katherine Walton.
Acalanes Union High School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
06/18/2018
LAFAYETTE, Calif., June 18, 2018 – Recently, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited teacher Katherine Walton’s classroom, at Acalanes High School, in Lafayette.
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Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata and Knightsen Elementary School District’s Teacher of the Year Melissa Wunschel.
Knightsen Elementary School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
06/15/2018
KNIGHTSEN, Calif., June 14, 2018 – Recently, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited teacher Melissa Wunschel’s classroom, at Knightsen Elementary School, in Knightsen. Wunschel has been teaching mathematics and science to grades 5-8 during her 12 years at Knightsen.
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Brentwood Union School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
06/15/2018
BRENTWOOD, Calif., June 13, 2018 – Recently, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Speech-Language Pathologist Katie Halberg in teacher Lisa Karleskind’s classroom, at Mary Casey Black Elementary School, in Brentwood.
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Byron Union School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
Byron Union School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
06/11/2018
BYRON, Calif., June 11, 2018 – Recently, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Barry Penning’s classroom, at Discovery Bay Elementary School, in Byron. Penning, a 13-year instructor has been at Discovery Bay Elementary since 2014, where he taught general subjects for 3rd grade during his first year, and has recently completed his third year of teaching 4th grade.
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Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata, Walnut Creek School District Teacher of the Year Bonnie Ha, Buena Vista Elementary Principal Kelly Eagan
Walnut Creek School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
06/08/2018
WALNUT CREEK, Calif., June 8, 2018 – Recently, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Bonnie Ha’s classroom, at Buena Vista Elementary School, in Walnut Creek. Finishing up her eighth year of teaching fourth-grade general subjects at Buena Vista Elementary, Ha was chosen as Walnut Creek School District’s (WCSD) Teacher of the Year (TOY), in early March.
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West Contra Costa Unified School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
05/30/2018
PINOLE, Calif., May 30, 2018 – Recently, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Erik Radkiewicz’s classroom, at Pinole Valley High School, in Pinole.
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Oakley Union Elementary School District’s 2018-19 Teacher of the Year George William “Bill” Seymour and Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata.
Oakley Union Elementary School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
05/24/2018
OAKLEY, Calif., May 24, 2018 – Recently, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited George William “Bill” Seymour’s classroom, at O’Hara Park Middle School, in Oakley. Seymour, a 30-year teacher, has taught eighth-grade English and language arts at O’Hara Park since 1993. Prior to coming to O’Hara Park, he taught five years at Byron Elementary School. Earlier this year, Seymour was honored as Oakley Union Elementary School District’s Teacher of the Year.
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Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata and Orinda Union School District’s Teacher of the Year Carol Levin.
Orinda Union School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
05/24/2018
ORINDA, Calif., May 24, 2018 – On May 21, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Carol Levin’s classroom, at Glorietta Elementary School, in Orinda. Levin, a 35-year teacher, has taught multiple subjects for grades 1-2, during the past 20 years at Glorietta Elementary. In early March, she was honored as Orinda Union High School District’s Teacher of the Year. Levin’s successful career also includes 10 years teaching K-3 for the Vallejo Unified School District.
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A Big Night of Celebration for Contra Costa County Teachers
05/23/2018
OAKLAND, Calif., May 23, 2018 – Who excelled in last night’s spotlight at the Oakland Coliseum Complex? The A’s? The Warriors? Undoubtedly, it was the 22 Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year, Class of 2018-19, and all of the other attending teachers at last night’s Inaugural Contra Costa County Teacher Appreciation Night at the Coliseum. In a joint partnership, the Oakland A’s and the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) came together to honor and celebrate all of the teachers of Contra Costa County.
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Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata and Antioch Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year Elizabeth Gonzalez.
Liberty Union High School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
05/22/2018
BRENTWOOD, Calif., May 22, 2018 – On May 21, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Elizabeth C. Gonzalez’s classroom, at Heritage High School, in Brentwood. Gonzalez began her teaching career at Heritage High nine years ago, where she has taught English to grades 9-12. Earlier this year, she was honored as being named the Liberty Union High School District’s Teacher of the Year.
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Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata, Pittsburg Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year Michael Ruibal, and Black Diamond High School Principal Brian Wilson.
Pittsburg Unified School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
05/21/2018
ANTIOCH, Calif., May 21, 2018 – On May 17, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Michael Ruibal’s classroom, at Black Diamond High School, in Pittsburg. Ruibal, a 10-year mathematics teacher was named by the Pittsburg Unified School District as their Teacher of the Year (TOY), earlier this year. For the past six years, Ruibal has been a math instructor for grades 10-12 at the continuation high school.
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Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata and Antioch Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year Michelle Stark.
Antioch Unified School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
05/18/2018
ANTIOCH, Calif., May 18, 2018 – On May 17, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Michelle Stark’s classroom, at Deer Valley High School, in Antioch. Stark, a 23-year music teacher was named by the Antioch Unified School District as their Teacher of the Year (TOY), earlier in March. During the past 10 years, she has been the choir instructor for Deer Valley. Previously, Stark taught vocal and instrumental classes at the Antioch Charter Academy, in Antioch and Granite Park Junior High School, in Salt Lake City.
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Impressive turnout for East County Special Olympics event
05/17/2018
BRENTWOOD, Calif., May 16, 2018 – On May 11, approximately 415 student athletes hit track and field facility at Liberty High School, in Brentwood, for the annual Special Olympics Schools Partnership Program Track and Field Events.
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Contra Costa County Deputy Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey and Cecil Nasworthy
Contra Costa Community College District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
05/17/2018
PITTSBURG, Calif., May 17, 2018 – On May 10, Contra Costa County Deputy Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey visited Cecil Nasworthy’s classroom, at Los Medanos College, in Pittsburg. Nasworthy, a 48-year instructor, was named by the Contra Costa Community College District as their Teacher of the Year (TOY), earlier this year.
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Moraga School District Teacher of the Year Karlene Steelman pictured with Superintendent Karen Sakata and principal Joan Danilson
Moraga School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
05/14/2018
MORAGA, Calif., May 14, 2018 – On May 14, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Karlene Steelman’s classroom, at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, in Moraga.
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Annual ROP/CTE Students of Excellence Awards Ceremony Honors 43 Contra Costa & Alameda County Students
05/08/2018
The Contra Costa County Office of Education will be honoring 43 high school students, representing 25 schools in Contra Costa and Alameda counties,
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Lafayette School District Teacher of the Year pictured with Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata and Burton Valley Elementary principal Meredith Dolley
Lafayette School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
05/07/2018
Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Scott Westphal’s classroom, at Burton Valley Elementary School, in Lafayette.
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San Ramon Valley Unified School District's Teacher of the Year Lynn Alamillo pictured in her classroom working with students
San Ramon Valley Unified School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
05/07/2018
Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Lynn Alamillo’s classroom, at Bella Vista Elementary School, in San Ramon.
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West Contra Costa Unified School District Teacher of the Year Joanne Chen pictured in her classroom with Superintendent Karen Sakata
West Contra Costa Unified School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
04/30/2018
Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Joanne Chen’s history class, at Mira Vista Elementary School, in Richmond.
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John Swett Unified School District Teacher of the Year Cherie Gianotti pictured in her classroom with Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata
John Swett Unified School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
04/30/2018
Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Cherie Gianotti’s English class, at Carquinez Middle School, in Crockett.
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Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year, Kelly Perkins receives a special visit from Superintendent Karen Sakata
Mt. Diablo Unified School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
04/27/2018
Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Kelly Perkin’s special education life skills class, at Ygnacio High School, in Concord.
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Contra Costa County 2018-19 Teacher of the Year, Glen Barker pictured with Superintendent Karen Sakat
County Office of Education 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
04/25/2018
Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited one of Glen Barker’s sports medicine classes, located at Northgate High School, in Walnut Creek.
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San Ramon Valley Teacher of the Year Shannon Gagnon pictured speaking with student
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2018-2019 Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year Finalists Named
04/19/2018
The following four teachers have been named as the 2018-2019 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year (TOY) Finalists
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Martinez School District's Teacher of the Year, Andrea Salas
Martinez School District’s 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
04/17/2018
Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Andrea Salas’ classroom at Alhambra High School.
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Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s 2018-19 Teacher of the Year, Rosie Reid receives a special visit from Superintendent Karen Sakata
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Contra Costa County's school districts announce their 2018-19 Teachers of the Year
04/13/2018
Currently, there are approximately 8,401 teachers educating more than 176,000 students in Contra Costa County’s public schools.
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CCCOE's Strawberry Corner provides an excellent training ground for future restaurant workers
03/15/2018
Recently, on a chilly, cloudy winter’s day, there was better place to warm up and fill up than the long-standing Strawberry Corner café
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California High School’s Mock Trial Team Named Champions of County
02/23/2018
The 37th Annual Contra Costa County High School Mock Trials’ Awards Ceremony was held tonight at the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE)
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County Board of Education Selects First African American Board President
01/31/2018
The Contra Costa County Board of Education recently selected Fatima Alleyne, Ph.D. as the Board's new president for 2018. Dr. Alleyne, who was elected in November, 2016 as the Area 1 Board member representing West Contra Costa County, was selected by the five-member Board. Area 4 Board member, Jeff Belle was selected as vice-president.
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Local educators spend their day off learning and sharing
01/29/2018
On a rare beautiful winter's day, approximately 125 K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, and education administrators from all around Contra Costa
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