Contra Costa Community College District 2019-20 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit

Contra Costa Community College District 2019-20 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
Posted on 05/21/2019

SAN PABLO, Calif., April 24, 2019 – Recently, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey visited Dr. Cheri Etheredge’s classroom, at Contra Costa College, in San Pablo. Dr. Etheredge, a 44-year instructor, was named by the Contra Costa Community College District as their Teacher of the Year (TOY), earlier this year. For the past 38 years, she taught pediatric nursing for 28 years, then transitioned to coordinator of the simulation lab for the past 10 years at the college. Prior to Contra Costa College, Dr. Etheredge taught pediatric and maternity nursing at Dekalb Community College, in Clarkston, Georgia, where she taught in the classroom and at clinical sites.

“Cheri has been a full-time professor in the college's Nursing Department for 38 years, devoting herself to students who now care for patients at hospitals across Northern California and beyond,” says Contra Costa College Journalism Department Chair (and the college’s former Teacher of the Year awardee) Paul DeBolt. “For 28 years she taught pediatric nursing at the college, preparing hundreds of students for the delicate and safe care of our most vulnerable population - children. ln that effort, she also taught her students how to communicate with, and care for, families and loved ones who may find themselves in distress over a sick child.”

DeBolt continues, “Then, 10 years ago, Cheri instituted life-saving Simulation Training into the college’s nursing curriculum. ln Simulation, students get to interact with high fidelity mannequins who react as humans would to their treatment in an emergency. Her efforts have allowed students to learn to care for patients in high-pressure emergency situations in a controlled learning environment where they have to problem solve and make decisions that could save a patient's life.”

On the evening of September 26, 2019, the 22 Contra Costa County TOYs, class of 2019-20, including Dr. Cheri Etheredge, 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.

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


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