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Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2011 Announced

Teachers from San Juan Unified and Twin Rivers Unified Advance to State Competition

​​​​​​​A 5th grade teacher from the San Juan Unified School District and a math teacher from the Twin Rivers Unified School District are the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2011, the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) announced September 1st at a countywide teacher recognition banquet.

Shannan Brown, who teaches 5th grade at Thomas Edison Elementary School in the San Juan District and Kadhir Rajagopal, who teaches mathematics at Grant Union High School in Twin Rivers, were selected from among 15 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 15 Sacramento-area teachers will be honored when the Sacramento Kings host the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, February 4, 2011 at ARCO Arena. The Sacramento River Cats will also host a special Teacher Appreciation Night on Monday, May 2, 2011 when the River Cats host the Salt Lake Bees.

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.  Eleven local districts including the Sacramento County Office of Education 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 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 2010 Deb House and JoEllen Shanks announced the names of their successors. County School Board Trustee Greg Geeting presented the winners with the Elinor Lincoln Hickey Award of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the County Board of Education. Russell Godt, representing the Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry, awarded a perpetual trophy to the County Teachers of the Year.

Shannan Brown and Kadhir Rajagopal 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 2011. Their names, along with the name 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 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 Sacramento River Cats, the Intel Corporation Folsom and the
Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry.

Teachers of the Year 2011 Chosen by Sacramento-Area School Districts
Leslie Macek Leslie Macek
Center Joint Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2011
Cyril Spinelli Elementary School
4th/5th grade combination class​​

Studio interview
Awards Banquet speech (runtime 1:15)

Sandra Glaeser

Sandra Glaeser
Elk Grove Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2011
Stone Lake Elementary School
Kindergarten

Studio interview
Awards Banquet speech (runtime 2:48)

Theresa Rodriguez Theresa Rodriguez
Elk Grove Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2011
Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School
Humanities/English Language Arts & History

Studio interview
Awards Banquet speech (runtime 3:31)

Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez
Folsom Cordova Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2011
Navigator Elementary School
5th grade

Studio interview
Awards Banquet speech (runtime 2:11)

Jana Din Jana Din
Galt Joint Union High School District Teacher of the Year 2011
Galt High School
Interior Design/ROP Careers with Children & Child Development

Studio interview
Awards Banquet speech (runtime 1:28)

Linda Pugh Linda Pugh
Natomas Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2011
Natomas Park Elementary School
Kindergarten

Studio interview
Awards Banquet speech (runtime 2:59)

Sarah Sneed Sarah Sneed
River Delta Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2011
Delta High School
Earth Science/Biology/Chemistry/Physics

Studio interview
Awards Banquet speech (runtime 1:33)

Ben Torrecampo Ben Torrecampo
Robla School District Teacher of the Year 2011
Robla School
5th grade

Studio interview
Awards Banquet speech (runtime 2:01)

John Castro John Castro
Sacramento City Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2011
Earl Warren Elementary School
4th/5th/6th grade looped class

Studio interview
Awards Banquet speech (runtime 2:49)

Carl Johnson Carl Johnson
Sacramento City Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2011
American Legion High School
Math

Studio interview
Awards Banquet speech (runtime 2:23)

Barbara Modlin Barbara Modlin
Sacramento County Office of Education Teacher of the Year 2011
Elinor L. Hickey Jr./Sr. High School
Multiple Subjects/LINKS

Studio interview
Awards Banquet speech (runtime 1:40)

Shannan Brown

Selected as County Teacher of the Year 2011​​​

Shannan Brown
San Juan Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2011
Thomas Edison Elementary School
5th grade

Studio interview
Awards Banquet speech (runtime 1:41)

Kirsten Thomas Kirsten Thomas
San Juan Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2011
Greer Elementary School
5th grade

Studio interview
Awards Banquet speech (runtime 2:35)

Kadhir Rajagopal

Selected as County Teacher of the Year 2011​​

Kadhir Rajagopal
Twin Rivers Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2011
Grant Union High School
Math

Studio interview
Awards Banquet speech (runtime 3:30)

Sharon Smith Sharon Smith
Twin Rivers Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2011
Regency Park Elementary School
3rd grade

Studio interview
Awards Banquet speech (runtime 1:52)

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Shannan Brown, Dave Gordon, and Kadhir Rajagopal

Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon (c​​enter) congratulates the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2011: Shannan Brown and Kadhir Rajagopal.Shannan Brown and Kadhir Rajagopal interviewed by KCRA
After being announced as Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2011 at the September 1 recognition banquet, Shannan Brown and Kadhir Rajagopal were interviewed the following morning on the KCRA 3 News at 7 a.m. on MY58.

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