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

Byron Union School District 2019-20 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
Posted on 05/03/2019

BYRON, Calif., April 30, 2019 – Recently, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey visited teacher Alicia Woodson’s classroom, at Discovery Bay Elementary School, in Byron. Woodson, a 23-year instructor is currently teaching 1st grade general subjects. She has been at Discovery Bay Elementary since 2006, where she has also taught kindergarten and 4th grade. In addition, Woodson’s experience includes teaching grade school classes at Los Medanos Elementary in Pittsburg and Seedlings Preschool in Lafayette. Earlier this past March, Woodson was named by the Byron Union School District as their Teacher of the Year (TOY).

On the evening of September 26, 2019, the 22 Contra Costa County TOYs, class of 2019-20, including Woodson 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 my elementary school years, I picked up on material very quickly and was advanced for my age group,” remembers former student Cailin Farage. “Mrs. Woodson refused to let my learning stall as I quickly completed my fourth-grade-level coursework and thought outside of the box to further my learning and development. She found extra lessons, assignments, and projects that demanded more from me. As a fourth-grader with a high school reading level, appropriate books for my age level were limited and when they were found, I would read them within a day. Mrs. Woodson constantly found challenging yet age-appropriate material for me to read, causing me to continue my love for school and education. Her dedication and commitment to not only me, but every single student has created such impact and inspired many students to maximize their potential.”

Farage adds, “As a senior in college graduating a full year early, I owe a lot of my success to Mrs. Woodson. I know that my title of student will not go away when I cross that stage. I have always been and will continue to be Mrs. Woodson’s student.”

Throughout the school year, Superintendent Mackey 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.

Currently, there are approximately 8,637 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.

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

About Contra Costa County Office of Education

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The Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) is a unique agency. One of 58 counties in the state of California, Contra Costa County has the 11th largest public-school student population in the state (approximately 178,000 students). Officially established in 1932, the CCCOE has a long history of providing direct services to some of our county's most vulnerable students, including young people who are incarcerated, homeless, or in foster care, as well as students who have severe physical or emotional challenges.

CCCOE also provides support services to schools and school districts in Contra Costa County; services that can be handled most effectively and economically on a regional basis rather than by each of the county's 261 schools or 18 school districts. These services range from budget approval and fiscal support, to technology infrastructure and communication support. In addition, CCCOE provides some of the best, high level professional development opportunities for educators in the entire state. Overall, our county's students rank high on virtually every measure of achievement – from test scores to college entrance rates. The CCCOE maintains a website at

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