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SCOE 2018 Teacher of the Year Nominees Announced, Encouraged to Move Forward in Competition

Eight Teachers Vie to Represent SCOE at County Level

On March 28, the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) hosted an information reception to honor its teachers who had been nominated as candidates for 2018 SCOE Teacher of the Year. The nominees represent the diversity of educational services provided by SCOE, ranging from programs for children with severe disabilities to intervention programs for youth. Many of the administrators, colleagues, parents of students, and fellow staff members who nominated the teachers also attended.

Nominees were given an overview of the process and encouraged to move forward in the competition—requiring written essays and a formal interview. SCOE will announce its 2018 Teacher of the Year selection in late April.

SCOE 2018 Teacher of the Year Nominees

  • Chris Charbonneau (Juvenile Court Schools, El Centro Jr./Sr. H.S.)
  • Barbara Fraijo (Juvenile Court Schools, El Centro Jr./Sr. H.S.)
  • Bonita Keisler (Special Education, McCaffrey Middle School)
  • Jolene King (Language, Speech & Hearing Specialist, Special Education)
  • Shaniesta Nelson (Special Education, Palmiter Jr./Sr. H.S.)
  • Nicholas Papagiannopoulos (Special Education, Palmiter Jr./Sr. H.S.)
  • Deborah Wagner (Special Education/Preschool, Grizzly Hollow Head Start and Walnut Grove Preschool)
  • Jeffrey Zahniser (Culinary Arts, Special Education, Palmiter Jr./Sr. H.S.)

Sacramento County Teachers of the Year Program

All public school districts within Sacramento County, local charter schools, plus SCOE, are invited to participate each year in the countywide Sacramento County Teachers of the Year Program. The program is coordinated by SCOE to recognize the achievements of local educators and to raise awareness of the valuable role that teachers play in the lives of their students and in the community.

At a recognition dinner planned for this August, two teachers will be identified as the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year and will be eligible to participate in the statewide competition.

Business partners supporting the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year Program this year include the Sacramento Kings, the Sacramento River Cats, and the Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry.


SCOE Teacher of the Year nominees posing with David Gordon

SCOE 2018 Teacher of the Year nominees pose with County Superintendent Gordon (left).


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