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
Posted on 06/11/2018
Byron Union School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit

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. Penning’s prior experience includes multiple subjects and graders for elementary and middle schools. Earlier this past March, Penning was named by the Byron Union School District as their Teacher of the Year (TOY).

“Once in a while, we come upon a colleague who is truly outstanding at their craft,” reports Discovery Bay Elementary School Principal Pierre Laleau. “Barry’s commitment to guiding his students to become lifelong learners is evident as you enter his classroom. His concern for the educational growth and success of each and every one of his students guides him to create lessons and assignments that are meaningful, challenging, and collaborative.”

Laleau continues, “Barry Penning has a unique way of relating to students that makes them feel comfortable and welcomed in his classroom. I have found him to be knowledgeable, thoughtful, and most importantly, devoted to the well-being of all our student. He is their advocate. In addition, Barry is a respected educational leader on our campus. He is an asset to our profession!”

On the evening of September 27, 2018, the 22 Contra Costa County TOYs, class of 2018-19, including Barry Penning, will be introduced and honored at the annual Teacher of the Year Gala, held at the Concord Hilton. 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.

Throughout the school year, Superintendent Sakata makes it a point to visit each incoming TOY in their classrooms, prior to the Dinner Gala. This is a great way for her to meet the teachers and their students, as well as take in the day’s lesson plan. When individually introducing the TOYs at the Dinner Gala, a short video presentation (recorded at each TOY classroom visit) will feature a quote from students about their revered teacher.

Currently, there are approximately 8,400 teachers educating more than 177,000 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.

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