- Teacher of the Year
- Principal for a Day
- Classified School Employee of the Year
- California School Recognition Program
- Educator Appreciation
- School Counselor of the Year
As a county, we honor teachers in three categories each year:
- Elementary School (including Pre-K)
- Middle School
- High School
Teachers are nominated by their schools and candidates are selected from those applications submitted for each of these categories at the conclusion of each school year. A committee selects one of these outstanding teachers to participate in the California Teachers of the Year Program. This program highlights educational innovation, student learning, and the rewards of teaching.
The state program results in the annual selection of five teachers who reflect the diversity of our teachers and students. The process pays tribute to California's teaching force, the complexity of challenges that confront our schools, and the need to promote collaboration and teamwork to meet those challenges. The overall purpose of the California Teachers of the Year Program is to pay tribute to the tireless efforts of our state's outstanding teachers. In doing so, the program brings deserved recognition to the 300,000 California members of the teaching profession.
Please help to celebrate and honor our state's exemplary and highly qualified teachers for the 2019/20 school year who represent our students and schools.
Brittany Jones - Elementary, North State Aspire Academy, Cascade Union Elementary School District
Katherine Conway - Middle School, Sequoia Middle School, Redding School District
Gavin Spencer - High School, Shasta High School, Shasta Union High School District
Classified School Employee
of the Year 2019
The Classified School Employee of the Year program is sponsored each year by the California Department of Education in partnership with County Offices of Education.
This program highlights contributions of California’s classified school employees who provide academic support and services for public school students in preschool through grade twelve. The six nomination categories are Child Nutrition, Maintenance, Operations and Facilities, Office and Technical, Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance, Support Services and Security and Transportation.
Each school in Shasta County is offered the opportunity to nominate their district candidates and submit their finalists for competition at the county level. The winners at the county level are publicly recognized at a special ceremony hosted by the Shasta County Board of Education. The six county winners are then submitted to the California Department of Education for competition at the state level.
The 2019 Shasta County Classified School Employee
of the Year winners are:
- Office and Technical - Lena Martin, Shasta County Office of Education
- Child Nutrition - Leslee Reynolds - Enterprise Elementary School District
- Support Services and Security - Marina Mix - Enterprise Elementary School District
- Maintenance, Operations and Facilities - Samra Warren - Redding Elementary School District
- Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance - Lynn Forero - Redding Elementary School District
As a final note, a copy of the news release naming the 2019 state level winners can be viewed at www.cde.ca.gov
The California Department of Education (CDE) seeks to recognize outstanding educational programs and practices. The California School Recognition Program was created to honor schools that demonstrate exemplary achievements.
The California DS Program recognizes elementary and middle and high schools in alternate years and allows eligible schools to apply for the California Distinguished School Award once every two years. Schools recognized as a California Distinguished School Awardee hold the Distinguished School Title for two years.
In addition, each year two of California's DS Awardees are eligible to become a National ESEA Distinguished Schools Awardees.
There were no schools recognized in Shasta County for the 2020 Distinguished Schools Award.
Shasta County Office of Education
Educator Appreciation Night
***This event will be held virtually with a video to be released in late April 2021 .***
Please enjoy the following slideshow celebrating our Shasta County Honorees from 2019-20!
In February of 2020, Shasta County Office of Education became one of four county offices to host a campaign recognizing school counselors for their role in educating the whole child. School counselors implement national standards to provide instruction and interventions in three domains which include Academics, College/Career, and Social/Emotional Development as prescribed in the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. The School Counselor of the Year (SCOY) program recognizes school counselors for their work in the following areas.
- Successful implementation of the ASCA National Model
- Leadership on their school campus as well as within their district
- Advocacy for all students and families regarding equity and access to a rich course of study, extracurricular activities, and enrichment programs
- Collaboration with stakeholders in order to address systemic barriers to achievement, increase student engagement, and provide data to inform measurements of success and areas of thoughtfulness
- Sustained membership in California Association of School Counselors (CASC)
The SCOY process beings with nominations for exceptional school counselors being submitted to our county superintendent followed by applications from the school counselor. Interviews are held in February in order to forward our recipient on to CASC for consideration of becoming California's School Counselor of the Year by mid March.
Please congratulate Shasta County's inaugural School Counselor of the Year, Tara Schwerdt from West Valley High School. For more on this year's recipient, click on the link below.
Tara Schwerdt - West Valley High School, Anderson Union High School District