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

Martinez Unified School District 2019-20 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
Posted on 05/22/2019

MARTINEZ, Calif., May 21, 2019 – Recently, Pamuela Galletti’s fourth-grade classroom at John Muir Elementary School, in Martinez, received a visit from Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey. With 20 years of elementary-school teaching experience, Galletti has been at Martinez’s John Muir Elementary for the past 16 years. Prior, she taught grades 4th and 5th at Knightsen Elementary School, in Knightsen, California. This past March, the Pinole, California, native was named by the Martinez Unified 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 Galletti, 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.

When asked about Pam Galletti, Martinez Unified School District Superintendent C.J. Cammack said, “Knowing how to design instruction is crucial to the success of teachers and students. Knowing how to connect with students is also a critical element of ensuring their academic and emotional development. Pam Galletti’s ability to blend these two skill sets is where teaching turns to magic and learning turns to fun. Her students feel supported, they feel safe, and they want to be in school. Thanks to her excellence in the craft of teaching, her students are immersed in experiences and thinking far beyond the traditional design of instruction. Mrs Galletti’s students are collaborating, creating, using critical thinking skills, and developing confidence in their own character.”

Cammack continues, “The loudest voice is not the one with the greatest power. The voice with the greatest influence holds the power. Mrs. Galletti is such a humble individual, she’d likely never consider how much influence she leverages. Yet, that same humility is part of what makes hers so respected. Teachers, students, administrators, elected officials, and community members all listen when Mrs. Galetti speaks. She is recognized across our school district and community as a leader, a teacher, and an advocate for equity and excellence.”

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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