West Contra Costa Unified School District 2019-20 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit

West Contra Costa Unified School District 2019-20 Teacher of the Year Receives Special Visit
Posted on 05/21/2019

SAN PABLO, Calif., May 3, 2019 – Recently, Helms Middle School physical education instructor Doug Silva received a visit from Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey. Silva has been teaching at the San Pablo school for the past three years. The nine-year educator has also taught physical education in California middle and high schools in Irvine, Tustin, Los Angeles, Larkspur, and San Mateo. Earlier this past March, Silva was named by the West Contra Costa Unified 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 Silva 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.

“Stepping into Doug Silva’s classroom, whether it’s the gym, fitness room, or athletic field, one sees his vision coming together, reports Helms Middle School Assistant Principal Michael Hamilton. “He creates opportunities for students to feel successful and have fun, and this is evident on his students’ smiling faces. Mr. Silva works with colleagues in the English and math departments to give students opportunities to write about and graph their fitness goals, thus making the subject matter more accessible by making connections to students’ own experiences. Mr. Silva always has student engagement and fun on his mind, but he is a technical lesson planner, and each day’s lessons are aligned to standards, and he incorporates student collaboration, reflection, and assessment.”

“In addition, engaging students’ families is an interregnal part of his vision,” continues Hamilton. “Mr. Silva wants families to share in their child’s physical education experience by creating a popular after-school family fitness nights program. Recently, at one of the fitness nights, he taught the participating families how to juggle!”

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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