The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) hosted a reception yesterday to honor its teachers nominated as candidates for 2024 SCOE Teacher of the Year. The nominees represent the diversity of educational services provided by SCOE, ranging from programs for children with severe disabilities to those that support people re-entering the community from prison and jail. Many of the administrators and colleagues who nominated the teachers attended to show their support.
Nominees were given an overview of the process and were encouraged to move forward in the competition, which requires written essays and a formal interview. Teachers report getting significant value from the experience, reflecting on their teaching philosophy, and coming away energized and focused. SCOE’s winning teacher also becomes an ambassador for the organization—and the teaching profession—as they advance to the county competition, where they get a unique opportunity to share ideas with top teachers from across the region.
Certificated staff members are represented by the Sacramento County Teachers Association (SCOETA). SCOE will announce its 2024 Teacher of the Year selection in April.
SCOE 2024 Teacher of the Year Nominees
- Kimberly Chambers (Alternative Education—W. E. Mitchell Middle School)
- Bill Garvey (Adult Re-Entry Program—Sacramento Community Based Coalition)
- Bonita Keisler (Foundations Academy—Robert L. McCaffrey Middle School)
- Maureen Loft (Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School)
Sacramento County Teachers of the Year Program
All public school districts within Sacramento County, local charter schools, plus SCOE, are invited to participate each year in the countywide Sacramento County Teachers of the Year Program. The program is coordinated by SCOE to recognize the achievements of local educators and to raise awareness of the valuable role that teachers play in the lives of their students and in the community.
At a recognition dinner planned for this August, two teachers will be identified as the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year and will be eligible to participate in the statewide competition.