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

Lafayette School District 2019-20 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
Posted on 05/21/2019

LAFAYETTE, Calif., May 13, 2019 – Recently, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey visited the 3rd grade classroom of Cindy Fisher, at Happy Valley Elementary School, in Lafayette. Fisher has been teaching grades 2-4 for the Lafayette School District for the past 33 years, primarily with Happy Valley, with one year at Burton Elementary School. This past March, Fisher was named by the Lafayette 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 was a student in Mrs. Fisher’s class for 3rd and 4th grades,” says current Stanley Middle School 6th grader, Jake Colaco. “I have had many great teachers in the Lafayette School District, but one teacher stands out far above the rest. That teacher is Mrs. Fisher! She is amazing because she connects with each student, teaches more than academics, and is our teacher for life.”

Colaco continues, “Mrs. Fisher teaches to every student. She takes the time to recognize each of her students’ strengths and challenges. She always had special challenging work or problems for each of us based on our individual skills and interests. She knows all of us very well, including our personal interests and hobbies. This enables her to recommend just the right books to each student to get them interested in reading. She always has time to talk to a student about what type of books they are reading, and to give them recommendations for what to read next. Although I am in middle school now, I still consider Mrs. Fisher my teacher today. It is always nice to have a teacher you know you can go to for guidance throughout school, even after you graduated from her class.”

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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