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Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2016 Announced

Robla and Sacramento City Unified Teachers Advance to State Competition

Jennifer Ruby and Stephanie Smith holding trophies

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

Two elementary school teachers are the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2016. The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) made the announcement on 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 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 Selected by Sacramento-Area School Districts

Photo Teacher
Jill Warriner Portrait Jill Warriner
Center Joint Unified School District
Oak Hill Elementary School
Kindergarten
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Susan Abbott Portrait Susan Abbott
Elk Grove Unified School District
Sheldon High School
College Prep, Honors English & AP Literature & Composition
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Banquet Speech (YouTube) Closed Captioned logotype
Heather Wright Portrait Heather Wright
Elk Grove Unified School District
Elliott Ranch Elementary School
Kindergarten
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Sarah Gleason Portrait Sarah Gleason
Elverta Joint School District
Elverta Elementary School
1st Grade
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Janice Johnson Portrait Janice Johnson
Folsom Cordova Unified School District
Vista del Lago High School
English, Mass Communications (CTE), Yearbook
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Banquet Speech (YouTube) Closed Captioned logotype
Shanee Best Portrait Shanee Best
Galt Joint Union High School District
Liberty Ranch High School
Art–Sculpture & AP 3D Design
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Lisa MacMillan Portrait Lisa MacMillan
Natomas Unified School District
Heron School
1st Grade
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Adrienne Radich Drouin Portrait Adrienne Radich Drouin
River Delta Unified School District
D.H. White Elementary School
1st Grade
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Jennifer Ruby Portrait Jennifer Ruby • Selected as County TOY 2016
Robla School District
Bell Avenue Elementary School
4th Grade (6th Grade for Fall 2015)
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Stephanie Smith Portrait Stephanie Smith • Selected as County TOY 2016
Sacramento City Unified School District
Oak Ridge Elementary School
3rd and 4th Grade (Looped)
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Elizabeth Villanueva Portrait Elizabeth Villanueva
Sacramento City Unified School District
Luther Burbank High School
Pre-IB Spanish, Spanish for Native Speakers, AP Spanish Language & Culture, Leadership Class for Latina Students
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Marsha Cornwell Portrait Marsha Cornwell
Sacramento County Office of Education
Wilson C. Riles Middle School
7th-8th Grade Special Education Autism Class
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Teresa Burke Portrait Teresa Burke
San Juan Unified School District
Howe Avenue Elementary School
5th Grade (7th Grade at Lichen for Fall 2015)
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Michael La Marr Portrait Michael La Marr
San Juan Unified School District
Del Paso Manor Elementary School
4th Grade
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Ora-Lee Camp Portrait Ora-Lee Camp
Twin Rivers Unified School District
Hillsdale Elementary School
Kindergarten
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Marcela Huynh Portrait Marcela Huynh
Twin Rivers Unified School District
Grant Union High School
Spanish I-IV, AP Spanish, Spanish for Native Speakers
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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.