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Sacramento County Office of Education Sacramento County Office of Education

SCOE Teacher of the Year Program

​​​​​​​Administration

Primary Contact​

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


SCOE teachers work in unique and specialized situations, educating students in community schools, special education, job training programs, and those who are incarcerated. Teachers work tirelessly with their students (and often the students’ families) in these diverse and frequently challenging assignments.

Since 1988, SCOE has celebrated its teachers and the important work they do by participating in the statewide Teacher of the Year competition, facilitated by the California Department of Education (CDE). SCOE teachers are nominated to compete by parents, staff, management, or their peers. The nominees go through a selection process, answering written questions and being interviewed by a selection committee. Teachers report that this process helps them see their many accomplishments. They come away with a renewed sense of dedication and a reminder of why they entered the teaching profession.

One of the SCOE teacher nominees is selected to move on to the countywide Teacher of the Year competition where two teachers from Sacramento County are selected to compete at the state level. Five California Teachers of the Year are selected—one of whom goes on to compete at the national level.



​Past SCOE Teachers of the Year​​

Historical listing of the certificated staff members selected to represent SCOE at the county level.

Year SCOE Teacher​ Photo

2016
[News Story]​

Marsha Cornwell, Special Education/SH (Wilson C. Riles Middle School)

Marsha Cornwell

2015
[News Story]

Oluchi Okemiri, Special Education/SH (Prairie Elementary/West)

Oluchi Okemiri

2014
[News Story]

René Delgado, Special Education/SH (Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. HS)

René Delgado

2013
[News Story]

Terri Edinburgh, Special Education/SH (Prairie Elementary/West)

Terri Edinburgh

2012
[News Story]

Ben Diaz, Special Education/ED (Bannon Creek Elementary School)

Ben Diaz

2011
[News Story]

Barbara Modlin, Community Schools (Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. HS)

Barbara Modlin

2010
[News Story]

Lisa Alcalá, Community Schools (Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. HS)

Lisa Alcalá

2009
[News Story]

Daniel Watts, ROP/Juvenile Court Schools (Carson Creek Jr./Sr. HS)

Daniel Watts

2008
[News Story]

Jan Valine, Juvenile Court Schools (Bowling DRC)

Jan Valine

2007

Sharon Botkin, Special Education/SH Preschool (Northview Preschool & Sharon Neese Learning Center)

Sharon Botkin

2006

Cathy Goodrich, Special Education/Young Adult Transition Class (Galt HS)

Cathy Goodrich

2005

Joy Bonds-Baird, Special Education/Infant Development Program

Joy Bonds-Baird

2004

Carol Johnston, ROP/Dental Careers

Carol Johnston

2003

Jim Davis, ROP/Retail Sales Careers

Jim Davis

2002

Michael Bernardis, Special Education/Infant Development Program

Michael Bernardis

2001

Michael Laharty, Special Education/WorkAbility (Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. HS)—also selected as one of two Sacramento County Teachers of the Year

Michael Laharty

2000

Alicia Zermeno, Special Education/Vision

Alicia Zermeno

1999

Frank Lopez, ROP/Automotive Technology

Frank Lopez

1998

Nancy Blackburn, Juvenile Court Schools (Esperanza Jr./Sr. High School)

Nancy Blackburn

1997

Stephen "Hoppy" Hopkins, Sly Park

Hoppy Hopkins

1996

Daniel Bridges, Special Education (Dry Creek West Elementary School)

 

1995

Kara Lynn Pomykala, Special Education/SH (Dry Creek West Elementary School)

 

1994

Tim Taylor, Juvenile Court Schools (El Centro Jr./Sr. High School)

 

1993

Jeanne Baldwin, ROP/Health and Hospital Careers (HATS)

 

1992

Mary Bell, Juvenile Court Schools (Morgan)

 

1991

Phil Avram, Juvenile Court Schools

 

1990

Darryl McRorie, ROP/Office & Computer Careers

 

1989

Linda Mitchell, Sly Park

Linda Mitchell

1988

Rudy Worthington, ROP/Automotive Technology

Rudy Worthington


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