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Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2013 Announced

Robla and Sacramento City Unified Teachers Advance to State Competition

Bob Crongeyer, Dave Gordon, and Jennifer Ellerman

Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon (center) congratulates the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2013: Jennifer Ellerman and Bob Crongeyer.

A middle school teacher from the Sacramento City Unified School District and an elementary school teacher from the Robla School District are the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2013, the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) announced August 15 at a countywide teacher recognition dinner.

Jennifer Ellerman teaches 7th Grade Language Arts at California Middle School in the Sacramento City Unified School District. Bob Crongeyer teaches 5th-6th grade GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) at Taylor Street School in the Robla School District in North Sacramento. The two were selected from among 15 Sacramento-area teachers to represent the county in the California Teachers of the Year competition.

A selection committee comprised of education professionals, including previous Teachers of the Year, interviewed each district Teacher of the Year and selected the two finalists. All 15 Sacramento-area teachers will be honored when the Sacramento Kings host the Phoenix Suns on Friday, March 8, 2013. The Sacramento River Cats will also host a special Teacher Appreciation Night on Friday, April 26, 2013, at Raley Field.

All of the school districts within the County of Sacramento, along with SCOE, are invited each year to participate in the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year program. Larger districts are eligible to submit two entries. Eleven local districts, including SCOE, participated this year.

Each district's Teacher of the Year completed a comprehensive application packet, which included an extensive biography and answered questions ranging from personal philosophy of teaching to an understanding of current education issues.

During the awards ceremony, each district Teacher of the Year was introduced by a current/former student, or a student's parent. 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 Nicole Naditz (San Juan Unified) and Robert Brewer (Elk Grove Unified) announced the names of their successors. Sacramento County Board of Education President Greg Geeting presented the winners with the Elinor Lincoln Hickey Award of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the County Board of Education. Dan Dailey, representing the Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry, awarded a perpetual trophy to the County Teachers of the Year.

Jennifer Ellerman and Bob Crongeyer are now eligible to advance to the statewide competition, out of which five teachers will be chosen as California Teachers of the Year.

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 2013 calendar year. Their names, and that of the individual selected as the state's nominee to the National Teacher of the Year program, will be announced later in the fall by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Past Sacramento County Teachers of the Year are listed online.

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 Sacramento River Cats, the Intel Corporation Folsom, and the Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry.

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Center Joint Unified School District
Oak Hill Elementary School
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Elk Grove Unified School District
Elk Grove Elementary School
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Elk Grove Unified School District
Toby Johnson Middle School
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Elverta Joint School District
Elverta Elementary School
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Folsom Cordova Unified School District
Mather Heights Elementary School
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Natomas Unified School District
Natomas Park Elementary School
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River Delta Unified School District
Bates Elementary School
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Bob Crongeyer Portrait Bob Crongeyer • Selected as County TOY 2013
Robla School District
Taylor Street School
5th–6th Grades (GATE)
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Jennifer Ellerman Portrait Jennifer Ellerman • Selected as County TOY 2013
Sacramento City Unified School District
California Middle School
7th Grade Language Arts
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Sacramento City Unified School District
Sutterville Elementary School
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Sacramento County Office of Education
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San Juan Unified School District
Del Campo High School
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San Juan Unified School District
Lichen & Woodside K–8 Schools
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Twin Rivers Unified School District
Woodridge Elementary School
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Twin Rivers Unified School District
Norwood Jr. High School
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Jennifer Ellerman and Bob Crongeyer being interviewed on-set at KCRA

After being announced as Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2013 at the August 15 recognition banquet, Jennifer Ellerman and Bob Crongeyer were interviewed by Teo Torres the following morning on the KCRA 3 News at 7 a.m. on MY58.