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Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2020 Announced

Elk Grove and Twin Rivers Teachers Advance to State Competition

Gewon Richards and Julie Fong holding trophies

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.

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Delanne Mathias Portrait Delanne Mathias
Center Joint Unified School District
Arthur S. Dudley Elementary School
5th Grade
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Julie Fong Portrait Julie Fong • Selected as County TOY 2020
Elk Grove Unified School District
Elk Grove Elementary School
K-6th Grade Special Education
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Christina Chun Moslen Portrait Christina Chun Moslen
Elk Grove Unified School District
Cosumnes Oaks High School
Theatre
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Jessica Kahn Portrait Jessica Kahn
Folsom Cordova Unified School District
White Rock Elementary School
K-5th Grade Counseling Enriched Program
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Johnathan Jonas Portrait Johnathan Jonas
Galt Joint Union High School District
Galt High School
English, Link Crew, Tennis Coach
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Jennifer Nunes Portrait Jennifer Nunes
Natomas Unified School District
American Lakes School
2nd-3rd Grade Special Education
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Brandi Gomes Portrait Brandi Gomes
River Delta Unified School District
Rio Vista High School
English/AVID
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Jonathan Byram Portrait Jonathan Byram
Robla School District
Bell Avenue Elementary School
6th Grade
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Heidi Gaynor Portrait Heidi Gaynor
Sacramento City Unified School District
Sutter Middle School
7th-8th Grade Mathematics
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Seema Sokolis Portrait Seema Sokolis
Sacramento City Unified School District
James Marshall Elementary School
1st-3rd Grade Special Education
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Austin Roughton Portrait Austin Roughton
Sacramento County Office of Education
Sly Park Environmental Education Center
5th-6th Grade Science
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Diane M. Beeken Boyd Portrait Diane M. Beeken Boyd
San Juan Unified School District
Mesa Verde High School
English
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Svetlana Popov Portrait Svetlana Popov
San Juan Unified School District
Rio Americano High School
Mathematics
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Lizbeth Coleman Portrait Lizbeth Coleman
Twin Rivers Unified School District
Woodridge Elementary School
2nd Grade
Gewon Richards Portrait Gewon Richards • Selected as County TOY 2020
Twin Rivers Unified School District
Vista Nueva Career and Technology High School
History, English, Physical Education
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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.