San Ramon Valley Unified School District 2019-20 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit

San Ramon Valley Unified School District 2019-20 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
Posted on 09/04/2019

SAN RAMON, Calif., September 3, 2019 – Today, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey visited the classroom of Nusheen Saadat, at Quail Run Elementary School, in San Ramon. Saadat has been teaching grades 1-2 for Quail Run since 2008. Prior, the 16-year teaching veteran taught at Hesperian Elementary in San Lorenzo and Tuckahoe Middle School, in Eastchester, New York This past March, Saadat was named by the San Ramon Valley 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 Fisher, 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.

“I first met Nusheen when she showed up for an interview at Quail Run Elementary, where I was serving as the site principal,” recalls San Ramon Valley Unified School District Executive Director of Elementary Education Carol Loflin. This meeting happened to coincide with our Field Day activities and we happened to be short a few parent volunteers. Before I knew it, Nusheen was out on the school blacktop, operating one of the student stations where the parent volunteer had not shown up yet. She easily interacted with students, parents, and staff members. This gave me great insight to her character and commitment to the community, and was the start of a wonderful working relationship.

Loflin continues, “Nusheen has shared her expertise and talents with many through her years of mentoring new teachers. She has coached countless student teachers during her time here at Quail Run – many who have gone on to be teachers in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.”

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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