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

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

ORINDA, Calif., May 3, 2019 – Recently, Del Rey Elementary School’s Jennifer Dodd received a visit from Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey. During the past 14 years, Dodd has been teaching general subjects to the combination grades of K-1 or 1-2 at the Orinda elementary school. Prior to coming to Del Rey, she had taught seven years at other elementary schools in the state, as well as teaching two years of adult English as a second language courses in Davis.

On the evening of September 26, 2019, the 22 Contra Costa County TOYs, class of 2019-20, including Dodd will be introduced and honored at the annual Teacher of the Year Gala, 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.

“In my 35 years as an educator, I have been fortunate to observe many talented teachers; however, few have matched the standard of professionalism and excellence set forth by Ms. Jenny Dodd,” reports Orinda Union School District Superintendent Carolyn Seaton, Ed.D. “Ms. Dodd inspires students and colleagues alike to set high expectations, work diligently and purposefully, and engage in self-reflection. Through her expert instruction and guidance, students provided with instruction that is personalized to meet their individual needs as young readers, writers, and mathematicians.”

Dr. Seaton continues, “Ms. Dodd is a firm believer in maximizing time on learning. She utilizes every teachable minute in her classroom from the opening activity through the closing bell. At the beginning of each school year, she lovingly teaches her students the classroom expectations and routines, so minimal time is spent on administrative tasks. The culture of Ms. Dodd’s classroom is one in which students feel safe taking risks and making mistakes because she reinforces the belief that mistakes are an expected part of the learning process.”

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

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