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Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2009 Announced

Teachers from Sac City Unified and Elk Grove Unified Advance to State Competition

​​​​A 5th grade teacher from the Sacramento City Unified School District and a 3rd grade teacher from the Elk Grove Unified School District are the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2009, the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) announced September 3rd at a county-wide teacher recognition banquet.

Sylvia Rodriguez, who teaches a G.A.T.E. (Gifted and Talented Education) Program at Phoebe A. Hearst Elementary School in Sacramento, and Janet Anderson, who teaches 3rd grade at Elliott Ranch Elementary School in Elk Grove, were selected from among 18 Sacramento-area teachers to represent the county in the California Teachers of the Year competition.

A community selection committee comprised of education professionals, including previous Teachers of the Year, met to interview each local district Teacher of the Year and selected the two finalists.

All 18 Sacramento-area teachers will be honored during a special halftime presentation when the Sacramento Kings host the Utah Jazz on Friday, February 6, 2009 at ARCO Arena.

All of the school districts within the County of Sacramento, along with the Sacramento County Office of Education, are invited each year to participate in the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year Program. Larger districts are eligible to submit two entries. Fourteen local districts and the Sacramento County Office of Education participated this year. Each district's Teacher of the Year completes a comprehensive application packet, which includes an extensive biography and answers to questions ranging from personal philosophy of teaching to an understanding of current educational issues.

During the awards banquet, each district Teacher of the Year was introduced by either a current or former student. 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 Jeanette Providence and Rob Myers announced the names of their successors. County School Board President Gretchen Bender presented Ms. Rodriguez and Mrs. Anderson with the Elinor Lincoln Hickey Award of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the County Board of Education. Gary Darrow, representing the Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry, awarded perpetual trophies to be displayed by the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year during the school year.

Sylvia Rodriguez and Janet Anderson now are eligible to advance to the statewide competition, out of which five teachers will be chosen as California Teachers of the Year.

The five 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 calendar year of 2009. Their names and that of the one individual of the group selected as the state's nominee to the National Teacher of the Year Program will be announced later in the fall by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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


​​ ​Teachers of the Year 2009 Chosen by Sacramento-Area School Districts
Debbie Valenzona Debbie Valenzona
Arcohe Union School District Teacher of the Year 2009
Arcohe School
Elementary/K-3 Reading​

Awards Banquet speech

Ed Graef Ed Graef
Center Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2009
Wilson C. Riles Middle School
Middle School/Special Education, SDC Independent Living Skills

Awards Banquet speech
Studio interview

Justine Martin

Justine Martin
Del Paso Heights School District Teacher of the Year 2009
(Now part of Twin Rivers Unified School District)
North Avenue Elementary School
Elementary/6th Grade

Awards Banquet speech
Studio interview

Janet Anderson

Selected as County Teacher of the Year 2009​​

Janet Anderson
Elk Grove Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2009
Elliott Ranch Elementary School
Elementary/3rd Grade

Awards Banquet speech
Studio interview

Maureen Messier Maureen Messier
Elk Grove Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2009
Sheldon High School
High School/Theater

Awards Banquet speech
Studio interview

Mary Jo Novak Mary Jo Novak
Folsom Cordova Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2009
Rancho Cordova Elementary School
Elementary/Kindergarten

Awards Banquet speech
Studio interview

Craig Anderson Craig Anderson
Galt Joint Union High School District Teacher of the Year 2009
Galt High School
High School/Chemistry and Forensic Science

Awards Banquet speech
Studio interview

Ginna Guiang-Myers
Ginna Guiang-Myers
Grant Joint Union High School District Teacher of the Year 2009
(Now part of Twin Rivers Unified School District)
Norwood Junior High School
Junior High School/Physical Science

Awards Banquet speech
Studio interview

Felipe Ferraz Felipe Ferraz
Natomas Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2009
Jefferson Elementary School
Elementary/Kindergarten

Awards Banquet speech
Studio interview

Janet Schafer Janet Schafer
North Sacramento School District Teacher of the Year 2009
(Now part of Twin Rivers Unified School District)
Hazel Strauch Elementary School
Elementary/6th Grade

Awards Banquet speech
Studio interview

Shawna Campbell Shawna Campbell
Rio Linda Union School District Teacher of the Year 2009
(Now part of Twin Rivers Unified School District)
Sierra View Elementary School
Elementary/4th Grade

Awards Banquet speech
Studio interview

Shanan Spears Shanan Spears
River Delta Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2009
Delta High School
Middle and High School/Agriculture, Biology and Floral Design

Awards Banquet speech
Studio interview

Lindsay Kilpatrick Lindsay Kilpatrick
Robla School District Teacher of the Year 2009
Glenwood School
Elementary/6th Grade

Awards Banquet speech
Studio interview

Sylvia Rodriguez

Selected as County Teacher of the Year 2009​​

Sylvia Rodriguez
Sacramento City Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2009
Phoebe A. Hearst Elementary School
Elementary/5th Grade, GATE

Awards Banquet speech
Studio interview

Tiffany Wilson Tiffany Wilson
Sacramento City Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2009
Pacific Elementary School
Elementary/Language Arts Resource Teacher

Awards Banquet speech
Studio interview

Daniel Watts Daniel Watts
Sacramento County Office of Education Teacher of the Year 2009
Carson Creek Junior-Senior High School
Juvenile Court School, ROP/Graphic Arts, Digital Media

Awards Banquet speech
Studio interview

Marilyn Barrett Spiegel Marilyn Barrett Spiegel
San Juan Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2009
Earl LeGette Elementary School
Elementary/6th Grade

Awards Banquet speech
Studio interview

Anne Tweedy Whitford Anne Tweedy Whitford
San Juan Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2009
Bella Vista High School
High School/Honors and AP Biology

Awards Banquet speech
Studio interview

Janet Anderson and Sylvia Rodriguez
Janet Anderson (left) and Sylvia Rodriguez, Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2009.
Sacramento County Board of Education and David W. Gordon with Janet Anderson and Sylvia Rodriguez
Sacramento County Board of Education and David W. Gordon, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools, with Janet Anderson and Sylvia Rodriguez, Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2009.
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