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Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2020 Announced

Elk Grove and Twin Rivers Teachers Advance to State Competition

An elementary school special education teacher and a high school alternative education teacher are the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2020. The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) made the announcement Friday at its countywide teacher recognition dinner.

Julie Fong is a special education teacher for students with mild to moderate disabilities at Elk Grove Elementary School (Elk Grove Unified School District). Gewon Richards is an alternative education teacher at Vista Nueva Career and Technology High School (Twin Rivers Unified School District). Both teachers are now eligible to advance to the statewide competition where five teachers will be chosen as California Teachers of the Year.

A selection committee comprised of education professionals, including previous Sacramento County Teachers of the Year, interviewed the local district Teachers of the Year and selected the two winners. Sacramento County school districts, local charter schools, and SCOE are invited to nominate a teacher to participate in the program each year. Large districts are eligible to nominate two teachers.

Sacramento County Board of Education President Bina Lefkovitz presented the winners with the Elinor Lincoln Hickey Award of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the County Board of Education. Eldon Vipond, representing the Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry, awarded perpetual trophies to the County Teachers of the Year.

Throughout the school year, the 15 Sacramento-area teachers will be honored at events hosted by the Sacramento Kings, Republic FC, and River Cats.

Previous Sacramento County Teachers of the Year are listed online.

The Sacramento County Teachers of the Year Program is presented by SCOE in partnership with the Sacramento Kings, the Sacramento Republic FC, the Sacramento River Cats, Intel Corporation Folsom, SAFE Credit Union, SCOE School of Education, and Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry.


Teachers of the Year 2020 Selected by Sacramento-Area School Districts
Delanne Mathias portrait
Delanne Mathias
Center Joint Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2020
Arthur S. Dudley Elementary School
5th Grade
Julie Fong portrait

Julie Fong • Selected as County TOY 2020
Elk Grove Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2020
Elk Grove Elementary School
K–6th Grade Special Education
Christina Chun Moslen portrait
Christina Chun Moslen
Elk Grove Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2020
Cosumnes Oaks High School
Theatre
Jessica Kahn portrait
Jessica Kahn
Folsom Cordova Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2020
White Rock Elementary School
K–5th Grade Counseling Enriched Program
Johnathan Jonas portrait
Johnathan Jonas
Galt Joint Union High School District Teacher of the Year 2020
Galt High School
English, Link Crew, Tennis Coach
Jennifer Nunes portrait
Jennifer Nunes
Natomas Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2020
American Lakes School
2nd–3rd Grade Special Education
Brandi Gomes portrait
Brandi Gomes
River Delta Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2020
Rio Vista High School
English/AVID
Jonathan Byram portrait
Jonathan Byram
Robla School District Teacher of the Year 2020
Bell Avenue Elementary School
6th Grade
Heidi Gaynor portrait
Heidi Gaynor
Sacramento City Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2020
Sutter Middle School
7th–8th Grade Mathematics
Seema Sokolis portrait
Seema Sokolis
Sacramento City Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2020
James Marshall Elementary School
1st–3rd Grade Special Education
Austin Roughton portrait
Austin Roughton
Sacramento County Office of Education Teacher of the Year 2020
Sly Park Environmental Education Center
5th–6th Grade Science
Diane M. Beeken Boyd portrait

Diane M. Beeken Boyd
San Juan Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2020
Mesa Verde High School
English
Svetlana Popov portrait
Svetlana Popov
San Juan Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2020
Rio Americano High School
Mathematics
Lizbeth Coleman portrait
Lizbeth Coleman
Twin Rivers Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2020
Woodridge Elementary School
2nd Grade
Gewon Richards portrait
Gewon Richards • Selected as County TOY 2020
Twin Rivers Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2020
Vista Nueva Career and Technology High School
History, English, Physical Education


Gewon Richards and Julie Fong holding trophies

Gewon Richards and Julie Fong were selected as Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2020.
Teachers of the Year on-set being interviewed
The County Teachers of the Year were also interviewed on Monday, August 26, during the KTXL 40 N​ews at 6 a.m.

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District Teachers of the Year to Be Featured on SECC TV

The Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium (SECC) is re-broadcasting the awards program, along with interviews SCOE conducted with the district Teachers of the Year, on Comcast channel 16/AT&T U-Verse channel 99/Consolidated Communications channel 22, and streaming on the SECC website.


Awards Program
  • Tuesday, 9/10/19 (7 p.m.)
  • Thursday, 9/12/19 (Noon)
  • Saturday, 9/14/19 (7 a.m.)
SCOE Studio Interviews (Part 1)
  • Tuesday, 9/17/19 (7 p.m.)
  • Thursday, 9/19/19 (Noon)
  • Saturday, 9/21/19 (7 a.m.)
SCOE Studio Interviews (Part 2)
  • Tuesday, 9/24/19 (7 p.m.)
  • Thursday, 9/26/19 (Noon)
  • Saturday, 9/28/19 (7 a.m.)