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Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2007 Announced

Teachers Representing Elk Grove and San Juan Advance to State Competition

​​​​A first grade teacher from the Elk Grove Unified School District and a third grade teacher from the San Juan Unified School District are the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2007.

Skye Mie Smith, from Prairie Elementary School in the Elk Grove Unified School District, and Cheryl Dultz, from Kingswood Elementary School in the San Juan Unified School District, were honored at the County Teachers of the Year banquet held September 6 at the Sacramento Hilton Hotel. Ms. Smith and Ms. Dultz were among the 16 local Teachers of the Year 2007 who were recognized at the annual event.

All of the school districts within the County of Sacramento, along with the Sacramento County Office of Education, are invited each year to participate in the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year Program. Larger districts are eligible to submit two entries.

Each district's Teacher of the Year completes a comprehensive application packet, which includes an extensive biography and answers to questions ranging from personal philosophy of teaching to an understanding of current educational issues.

A community selection committee comprised of education professionals, including previous Teachers of the Year, meets in the fall to interview each district Teacher of the Year and select the two finalists. The names of all the candidates were entered in the Teachers of the Year 2007 Program in Sacramento County.

During the awards banquet, each district Teacher of the Year was introduced by either a current or former student, or a parent of a student. David W. Gordon, County Superintendent of Schools, and Brian Cooley, President of the Sacramento County Board of Education, presented each of the Teachers of the Year with an inscribed award. Outgoing Teachers of the Year Allison Stiles and Tom Funk announced the names of Skye Mie Smith and Cheryl Dultz as their successors. County School Board Trustee Elinor L. Hickey, a former district and county Teacher of the Year, presented Ms. Smith and Ms. Dultz with the Award of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the County Board of Education. John Henman, representing the Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry, awarded a perpetual trophy to be shared by Ms. Smith and Ms. Dultz during the 2006-07 school year.

Skye Mie Smith and Cheryl Dultz now are eligible to advance to the statewide competition, out of which five teachers will be chosen as California Teachers of the Year. The five California Teachers of the Year are responsible for representing the teaching profession in a variety of settings and assisting their teaching colleagues in numerous ways throughout the calendar year of 2007. Their names and that of the one individual of the group selected as the state's nominee to the National Teacher of the Year Program will be announced later in the fall by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The Sacramento County Teachers of the Year Program is presented by the Sacramento County Office of Education in partnership with Maloof Sports and Entertainment and the Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry.

The 16 Sacramento-area teachers will be honored during a special halftime presentation when the Sacramento Kings host the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Monday, February 5, 2007 at ARCO Arena.​

​ ​​ Teachers of the Year 2007 Chosen by Sacramento-Area School Districts​
​​Jean LuigiJean Luigi
Center Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2007
Wilson C. Riles Middle School​
6th Grade English/Language Arts, Social Studies

Banquet speech video

Ryan Galles Ryan Galles
Del Paso Heights School District Teacher of the Year 2007
Garden Valley Elementary School
6th Grade

Banquet speech video

Teresa Bunner Teresa Bunner
Elk Grove Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2007
Monterey Trail High School
English, Department Chair

Banquet speech video

Skye Mie Smith

Selected as County Teacher of the Year 2007​​​

Skye Mie Smith
Elk Grove Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2007
Prairie Elementary School
1st Grade

Selected as Sacramento County Teacher of the Year 2007

Banquet speech video

Dena Reeve Dena Reeve
Folsom Cordova Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2007
Folsom High School
Sophomore English, Small Learning Communities

Banquet speech video

Janine Raybe Janine Raybe
Galt Joint Union High School District Teacher of the Year 2007
Galt High School
10th Grade Honors English, Literacy Coach, Department Chair

Banquet speech video

Karolee Smiley Karolee Smiley
Grant Joint Union High School District Teacher of the Year 2007
Foothill Farms Junior High School
7th Grade Science (Life Science), AVID

Banquet speech video

Goya Gutierrez Goya Gutierrez
Natomas Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2007
Natomas Middle School
Special Education/Special Day Class

Banquet speech video

Cherie Liu-Barba Cherie Liu-Barba
North Sacramento School District Teacher of the Year 2007
Hazel Strauch Elementary School
5th Grade

Banquet speech video

Bobbi Donovan Bobbi Donovan
Rio Linda Union School District Teacher of the Year 2007
Kohler Elementary School
1st Grade

Banquet speech video

Melinda Stephens-Bukey Melinda Stephens-Bukey
Robla School District Teacher of the Year 2007
Robla School
3rd Grade

Banquet speech video

Clay Dagler Clay Dagler
Sacramento City Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2007
Luther Burbank High School
Pre Algebra–International Baccalaureate Math

Banquet speech video

Marsha A. Stanley Marsha A. Stanley
Sacramento City Unified School District
Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School
English, Drama

Banquet speech video

Sharon Botkin Sharon Botkin
Sacramento County Office of Education Teacher of the Year 2007
Northview & Neese Head Start Preschools
Special Education

Banquet speech video

Teri Berke Teri Berke
San Juan Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2007
Casa Roble Fundamental High School
English

Banquet speech video

Cheryl Fox Dultz

Selected as County Teacher of the Year 2007​​

Cheryl Fox Dultz
San Juan Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2007
Kingswood Elementary School
3rd grade

Selected as Sacramento County Teacher of the Year 2007

Banquet speech video

Cheryl Dultz, David W. Gordon, and Skye Mie Smith
David W. Gordon, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools, with Cheryl Dultz (left) and Skye Mie Smith (right), Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2007.

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