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Sacramento County Office of Education Sacramento County Office of Education

Sacramento County Teachers of the Year

​​​​​Administration

Primary Contact​​

Tim Herrera, Director
(916) 228-2713
therrera@scoe.net


The Sacramento County Teachers of the Year program recognizes excellence in teaching within the county's schools. Participating districts nominate individual teachers to receive this special recognition. SCOE also nominates one of its teachers to compete. At the Teachers of the Year awards recognition dinner, two teachers are identified as the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year and are then eligible to participate in the statewide competition.

Partners​​

Business partners supporting the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year program include the Sacramento Kings, the Sacramento River CatsIntel Corporation FolsomSAFE Credit Union, and Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry.​​



​​Previous Sacramento County Teachers of the Year

Below is a historical listing of the teachers selected as Sacramento County Teachers of the Year.

We want this list to be as complete as possible. To help us fill in missing names, add photos, provide documentation, or report any inaccuracies, please contact Beth Flory: (916) 228-2417.

School Year County Teachers of the Year Photos
2016–17
(TOY 2017)
  • Nichole Harshbarger (San Juan U.S.D.)
  • George Helms (Elk Grove U.S.D.)
Nichole HarshbargerGeorge Helms

2015–16
(TOY 2016)
News Story

  • Jennifer Ruby (Robla S.D.)
  • Stephanie Smith (Sacramento​​ City U.S.D.)
Jennifer Ruby Stephanie Smith

2014–15
(TOY 2015)
News Story

  • Michelle Bebout (San Juan U.S.D.)—also CA Teacher of the Year finalist
  • Jennifer Walker (River Delta U.S.D.)
Michelle Bebout Jennifer Walker

2013–14
(TOY 2014)
News Story

Tim Smith Deanna Victor

2012–13
(TOY 2013)
News Story

  • Bob Crongeyer (Robla S.D.)
  • Jennifer Ellerman (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
Bob Crongeyer Jennifer Ellerman
2011–12
(TOY 2012)
News Story
  • Robert Brewer (Elk Grove U.S.D.)—also CA Teacher of the Year finalist
  • Nicole Naditz (San Juan U.S.D.)—also CA Teacher of the Year finalist
Robert Brewer Nicole Naditz
2010–11
(TOY 2011)
News Story
Shannan Brown Kadhir Rajagopal
2009–10
(TOY 2010)
News Story
  • JoEllen Shanks (Elk Grove U.S.D.)
  • Deb House (San Juan U.S.D.)
JoEllen Shanks Deb House
2008–09
(TOY 2009)
News Story
  • Janet Anderson (Elk Grove U.S.D.)
  • Sylvia Rodriguez (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
Janet Anderson Sylvia Rodriguez
2007–08
(TOY 2008)
News Story
  • Rob Myers (Del Paso Heights S.D.)
  • Jeanette Providence (Grant JUHSD)
Rob Myers Jeanette Providence
2006–07
(TOY 2007)
News Story
  • Sky Mie Smith (Elk Grove U.S.D.)—also CA Teacher of the Year semi-finalist
  • Cheryl Fox Dultz (San Juan U.S.D.)
Sky Mie Smith Cheryl Fox Dultz
2005–06
(TOY 2006)
News Story
  • Tom Funk (Elk Grove U.S.D.)
  • Allison Stiles (San Juan U.S.D.)
Tom Funk Allison Stiles
2004–05
(TOY 2005)
News Story
  • Barbara Harris (Folsom Cordova U.S.D.)
  • Asa L. Salley (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
Barbara Harris Asa L. Salley
2003–04
(TOY 2004)
News Story
  • Denise Phillips (Elk Grove U.S.D.)
  • Chris Hoover (Robla S.D.)
Denise Phillips Chris Hoover
2002–03
(TOY 2003)
News Story
  • Virginia Avila (Grant JUHSD)—also CA Teacher of the Year and nominee for National Teacher of the Year
  • Jim Jordan (San Juan U.S.D.)—also CA Teacher of the Year finalist
Virginia Avila Jim Jordan
2001–02
(TOY 2002)
News Story
  • Kathryn Allaman (Center U.S.D.)
  • Sheryl Sorensen (Natomas U.S.D.)
Kathryn Allaman Sheryl Sorensen
2000–01
(TOY 2001)
News Story
  • Michael Laharty (Sacramento County Office of Education
  • Craig Faniani (San Juan U.S.D.)
Michael Laharty Craig Faniani
1999–2000
(TOY 2000)
News Story
  • Pete LeBlanc (Center U.S.D.)
  • Doreen Pendleton (Folsom Cordova U.S.D.)
Pete LeBlanc Doreen Pendleton
1998–99
(TOY 1999)
News Story
  • Debbie Vigil (Natomas U.S.D.)—also one of five CA Teachers of the Year
  • Taffy Maurer (Rio Linda Union S.D.)
1997–98
(TOY 1998)
News Story
  • Heidi Haugen (Elk Grove U.S.D.)
  • Larry Bordeaux (Grant JUHSD)—also one of five CA Teachers of the Year
1996–97
(TOY 1997)
News Story
  • Marilyn Ferris-Steed (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
  • Ralphene Lee (San Juan U.S.D.)—also one of five CA Teachers of the Year
1995–96
(TOY 1996)
  • Joy Tharp Policar (Elk Grove U.S.D.)
  • Diana Alverson (San Juan U.S.D.)
1994–95
(TOY 1995)
  • Vicky Vigario (Elk Grove U.S.D.)—also one of five CA Teachers of the Year
  • Vanessa Dauterive (Natomas U.S.D.)
1993–94
(TOY 1994)

  • Thelma Jackson (Elk Grove U.S.D.)
  • David Dayton (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
1992–93
(TOY 1993)
  • Mark Vigario (Elk Grove U.S.D.)
  • Mertie Shelby (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
1991–92
(TOY 1992)
  • Patricia Kohn (Folsom Cordova U.S.D.)
  • Meena Jensen (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
1990–91
(TOY 1991)
  • Felicia Bessent (Elk Grove U.S.D.)
  • Sandra Noel (San Juan U.S.D.)
1989–90
(TOY 1990)
  • Jean Graf (Elk Grove U.S.D.)
  • Judy Ellis (Rio Linda Union S.D.)
1988–89
(TOY 1989)
  • Kathleen Moore (Folsom Cordova U.S.D.)
  • Sharon Baker (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
1987–88
(TOY 1988)
  • Valerie Welch (Elk Grove U.S.D.)
  • Linda Dixon (Grant JUHSD)
1986–87
(TOY 1987)
  • Marilyn Peters (Elk Grove U.S.D.)
  • Frank Borgia (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
1985–86
(TOY 1986)
  • Robert Mange (Folsom Cordova U.S.D.)—also CA Teacher of the Year
  • Virginia B. Grabbe (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
1984–85
(TOY 1985)
  • Richard Crooks (Folsom Cordova U.S.D.)
  • Susan K. Hunter (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
1983–84
(TOY 1984)
  • Ollie W. Carr (Del Paso Heights S.D.)
  • Diana Bowington (Grant JUHSD)
1982–83
(TOY 1983)
  • Jean McDaniel (Elk Grove U.S.D.)—also CA Teacher of the Year
  • Mel Freeman (San Juan U.S.D.)
1980–81
(TOY 1981)
  • Ron Kremer (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
1979–80
(TOY 1980)
  • Eugene Jundt (Elk Grove U.S.D.)
  • Bill Palmer (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
1977–78
(TOY 1978)
  • Elinor L. Hickey (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
Elinor Hickey
1973–74
(TOY 1974)
  • Mary Tsukamoto (Elk Grove U.S.D.)


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