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Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2013 Announced

Robla and Sacramento City Unified Teachers Advance to State Competition

​​​​A middle school teacher from the Sacramento City Unified School District and an elementary school teacher from the Robla School District are the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2013, the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) announced August 15 at a countywide teacher recognition dinner.

Jennifer Ellerman teaches 7th Grade Language Arts at California Middle School in the Sacramento City Unified School District. Bob Crongeyer teaches 5th-6th grade GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) at Taylor Street School in the Robla School District in North Sacramento. The two were selected from among 15 Sacramento-area teachers to represent the county in the California Teachers of the Year competition.

A selection committee comprised of education professionals, including previous Teachers of the Year, interviewed each district Teacher of the Year and selected the two finalists. All 15 Sacramento-area teachers will be honored when the Sacramento Kings host the Phoenix Suns on Friday, March 8, 2013. The Sacramento River Cats will also host a special Teacher Appreciation Night on Friday, April 26, 2013 at Raley Field.

All of the school districts within the County of Sacramento, along with SCOE, 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 SCOE, 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 education issues.

During the awards ceremony, each district Teacher of the Year was introduced by a current/former student, or a student's parent. 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 Nicole Naditz (San Juan Unified) and Robert Brewer (Elk Grove Unified) announced the names of their successors. Sacramento County Board of Education President Greg Geeting presented the winners with the Elinor Lincoln Hickey Award of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the County Board of Education. Dan Dailey, representing the Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry, awarded a perpetual trophy to the County Teachers of the Year.

Jennifer Ellerman and Bob Crongeyer are now eligible to advance to the statewide competition, out of which five teachers will be chosen as California Teachers of the Year.

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 2013 calendar year. Their names, and that 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 State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Past Sacramento County Teachers of the Year are listed online.

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 2013 Chosen by Sacramento-Area School Districts
Marci Phillips Marci Phillips
Center Joint Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2013
Oak Hill Elementary School
5th-6th Grade​

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Cindy Doyle

Cindy Doyle
Elk Grove Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2013
Elk Grove Elementary School
5th Grade

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Laura Zhu Laura Zhu
Elk Grove Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2013
Toby Johnson Middle School
Industrial Technology (Photoshop & Yearbook)

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Andrea Korven Andrea Korven
Elverta Elementary School District Teacher of the Year 2013
Elverta Elementary School
2nd Grade

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Kat Bahry Kat Bahry
Folsom Cordova Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2013
Mather Heights Elementary School
3rd Grade

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Jasmine Reese Jasmine Reese
Natomas Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2013
Natomas Park Elementary School
4th Grade

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Beth Carli Beth Carli
River Delta Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2013
Bates Elementary School
5th-6th Grades (Looped)

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Bob Crongeyer Bob Crongeyer • Selected as County TOY 2013​​​
Robla School District Teacher of the Year 2013
Taylor Street School
5th-6th Grades (GATE)

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Jennifer Ellerman Jennifer Ellerman • Selected as County TOY 2013
Sacramento City Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2013
California Middle School
7th Grade Language Arts

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Michelle Kuennen-Apperson Michelle Kuennen-Apperson
Sacramento City Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2013
Sutterville Elementary School
6th Grade

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Terri Edinburgh Terri Edinburgh
Sacramento County Office of Education Teacher of the Year 2013
Prairie West Elementary School
Special Day Class, K-4th Grades

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Kevin Barone Kevin Barone
San Juan Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2013
Del Campo High School
Math (Pre-Calculus, Geometry)

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Karen Lack Karen Lack
San Juan Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2013
Lichen & Woodside K-8 Schools
English Learner/Multicultural Education

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Jeffrey Roberson Jeffrey Roberson
Twin Rivers Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2013
Woodridge Elementary School
4th Grade

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Barbara Ann Selland Barbara Ann Selland
Twin Rivers Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2013
Norwood Jr. High School
7th Grade GATE English, 8th Grade Yearbook & Art

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Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2013 logoBob Crongeyer, Dave Gordon, and Jennifer EllermanSacramento County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon (center) congratulates the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2013: Jennifer Ellerman and Bob Crongeyer.Jennifer Ellerman and Bob Crongeyer being interviewed on-set at KCRAAfter being announced as Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2013 at the August 15 recognition banquet, Jennifer Ellerman and Bob Crongeyer were interviewed by Teo Torres the following morning on the KCRA 3 News at 7 a.m. on MY58.[Photo Gallery]