A 5th-6th grade teacher from the Del Paso Heights School District and an English/language arts teacher from the Grant Joint Union High School District are the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2008, the Sacramento County Office of Education announced September 5 at a county-wide teacher recognition banquet.
Rob Myers, from Garden Valley Elementary School in the Del Paso Heights School District, and Jeannette Providence, from Grant High School in the Grant Joint Union High School District, were selected from among 17 Sacramento-area teachers to represent the county in the California Teachers of the Year competition.
All of the school districts within the County of Sacramento, along with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), are invited each year to participate in the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year Program. Larger districts are eligible to submit two entries. Thirteen districts and the Sacramento County Office of Education participated this year. 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.
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 trustees from the
Sacramento County Board of Education, presented each of the Teachers of the Year with an inscribed award. Outgoing Teachers of the Year Cheryl Dultz and Skye Mie Smith announced the names of their successors. County School Board Trustee Elinor L. Hickey, a former district and county Teacher of the Year, presented Mr. Myers and Ms. Providence with the Award of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the County Board of Education. Neil White, representing the Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry, awarded a perpetual trophy to be shared by the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year during the 2007-08 school year.
Rob Myers and Jeanette Providence 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 2008. 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, the
Intel Corporation Folsom and the
Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry.
All 17 Sacramento-area teachers will be honored during a special halftime presentation when the
Sacramento Kings host the New Orleans Hornets on Friday, February 1, 2008 at ARCO Arena.
Teachers of the Year 2008 Chosen by Sacramento-Area School Districts