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Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2016 Announced

Robla and Sacramento City Unified Teachers Advance to State Competition

​​​Two elementary school teachers are the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2016. The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) made the announcement August 14 at a countywide teacher recognition dinner.

Jennifer Ruby teaches 6th grade at Bell Avenue Elementary, in the Robla School District. Stephanie Smith is a 3rd and 4th grade (looped) teacher at Oak Ridge Elementary, in the Sacramento City 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. All of the school districts within the County of Sacramento, local charter schools, and SCOE, are invited to participate in the program each year. Larger districts are eligible to nominate two teachers.

Outgoing Teachers of the Year Michelle Bebout (San Juan Unified) and Jennifer Walker (River Delta Unified) announced the names of the honorees. Sacramento County Board of Education President Dr. Eleanor Brown presented the winners with the Elinor Lincoln Hickey Award of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the County Board of Education. Joseph Carlson, representing the Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry, awarded a perpetual trophies to the County Teachers of the Year.

All 16 Sacramento-area teachers will be honored during special Teacher Appreciation Nights hosted by both the Sacramento Kings and the Sacramento River Cats.

Past 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 River Cats, Intel Corporation Folsom, SAFE Credit Union, and Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry.​​


​​ ​Teachers of the Year 2016 Chosen by Sacramento-Area School Districts
Jill Warriner Jill Warriner
Center Joint Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2016
Oak Hill Elementary School
Kindergarten

Studio Interview (YouTube)​​
Awards speech (YouTube) (runtime 1:00)

Susan Abbott Susan Abbott
Elk Grove Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2016
Sheldon High School
College Prep, Honors English & AP Literature & Composition

Studio Interview (YouTube)
Awards speech (YouTube) (runtime 1:36)

Heather Wright

Heather Wright
Elk Grove Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2016
Heather Wright
Elliott Ranch Elementary School
Kindergarten

Studio Interview (YouTube)
Awards speech (YouTube) (runtime 2:32)

Sarah Gleason Sarah Gleason
Elverta Joint School District Teacher of the Year 2016
Elverta Elementary School
1st Grade

Studio Interview (YouTube)
Awards speech (YouTube) (runtime 2:09)

Janice Johnson Janice Johnson
Folsom Cordova Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2016
Vista del Lago High School
English, Mass Communications (CTE), Yearbook

Studio Interview (YouTube)
Awards speech (YouTube) (runtime 2:52)

Shanee Best Shanee Best
Galt Joint Union High School District Teacher of the Year 2016
Liberty Ranch High School
Art–Sculpture & AP 3D Design

Studio Interview (YouTube)
Awards speech (YouTube) (runtime 2:11)

Lisa MacMillan Lisa MacMillan
Natomas Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2016
Heron School
1st Grade

Studio Interview (YouTube)
Awards speech (YouTube) (runtime 2:44)

Adrienne Radich Drouin
Adrienne Radich Drouin
River Delta Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2016
D.H. White Elementary School
1st Grade

Studio Interview (YouTube)
Awards speech (YouTube) (runtime 3:21)

Jennifer Ruby Jennifer Ruby • Selected as County TOY 2016​​
Robla School District Teacher of the Year 2016
Bell Avenue Elementary School
4th Grade (6th Grade for Fall 2015)

Studio Interview (YouTube)
Awards speech (YouTube) (runtime 2:15)

Stephanie Smith Stephanie Smith • Selected as County TOY 2016​​
Sacramento City Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2016
Oak Ridge Elementary School
3rd and 4th Grade (Looped)

Studio Interview (YouTube)
Awards speech (YouTube) (runtime 2:04)

Elizabeth Villanueva

Elizabeth Villanueva
Sacramento City Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2016
Luther Burbank High School
Pre-IB Spanish, Spanish for Native Speakers, AP Spanish Language & Culture, Leadership Class for Latina Students

Studio Interview (YouTube)
Awards speech (YouTube) (runtime 4:24)

Marsha Cornwell Marsha Cornwell
Sacramento County Office of Education Teacher of the Year 2016
Wilson C. Riles Middle School
7th-8th Grade Special Education Autism Class

Studio Interview (YouTube)
Awards speech (YouTube) (runtime 1:44)

Teresa Burke
Teresa Burke
San Juan Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2016
Howe Avenue Elementary School
5th Grade (7th Grade at Lichen for Fall 2015)

Studio Interview (YouTube)
Awards speech (YouTube) (runtime 1:59)

Michael La Marr
Michael La Marr
San Juan Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2016
Del Paso Manor Elementary School
4th Grade

Studio Interview (YouTube)
Awards speech (YouTube) (runtime 3:30)

Ora-Lee Camp Ora-Lee Camp
Twin Rivers Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2016
Hillsdale Elementary School
Kindergarten

Studio Interview (YouTube)
Awards speech (YouTube) (runtime 1:52)

Marcela Huynh Marcela Huynh
Twin Rivers Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2016
Grant Union High School
Spanish I-IV, AP Spanish, Spanish for Native Speakers

Studio Interview (YouTube)
Awards speech (YouTube) (runtime 2:23)

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Jennifer Ruby and Stephanie Smith holding trophies.

Jennifer Ruby and Stephanie Smi​th were selected as Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2016.​

Stephanie Smith, Jennifer Ruby being interviewed by Paul Robins on the KTXL 40 News set.

Stephanie Smith and Jennifer Ruby were also interviewed by Paul Robins on Monday, August 17, during the KTXL 40 N​ews at 8 a.m.

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