By the Alameda County Office of Education
The Alameda County Office of Education is proud to announce this year's winners of the celebrated Teacher of the Year Awards.
The district winners will be honored and recognized for their achievements during an award ceremony on October 4, 2012 at the .
The Alameda County Teacher of the Year winner, and candidate for the state nomination, will also be announced during the event. The event is open to the public; registration details will become available in July.
"I congratulate the 2012 honorees for their exceptional performance and work ethic," said Sheila Jordan, Superintendent of Alameda County Schools. "In the spirit of this year's theme, 'Awakening the Magic Within,' I also want to recognize and thank all the faculty and staff who magically make the most of what they have with the limited resources available to them. Thank you for your creativity and resourcefulness."
This year's theme "Awakening the Magic Within" celebrates the inner resources that our teachers call upon to engage the diverse learning needs of our children.
The eighteen districts and Regional Occupational Programs that submitted their "2012 Teacher of the Year" are (in order by district):
* Alameda COE: Kim Boerner, Quest Academy
* Alameda USD: Chris Hansen, Lincoln Middle School
* Berkeley USD: Liliana Aguas, Leconte Elementary School
* : Sharon Brikovich-Pipkins,
* Dublin USD: Eugene Chou, Dublin High School
* Eden Area ROP: Deborah Reinerio, San Leandro High School
* Fremont USD: Jennifer Teguia, Kennedy High School
* Hayward USD: Laura Retzlaff, Burbank Elementary
* Livermore VJ USD: Linda L. Smith, Mendenhall Middle School
* Mission Valley ROP: John Cimino, Mission Valley ROP Center
* New Haven USD: Todd Szyslowski, Cabello Student Support Center
* Newark USD: Connie Piserchio, Lincoln Elementary
* Oakland USD: I'Asha Warfield & Stephen Davis, Frick Middle School
* Pleasanton USD: Jon Grantham, Amador Valley High School
* San Leandro USD: Jennifer Achten, John Muir Middle School
* : Pamela Fobert,
* Sunol Glen USD: Janet Boorujy, Sunol Glen School
* Tri-Valley ROP: Tami Raaker, Foothill High School
This is the 23rd year that the Alameda County Office of Education recognizes and celebrates teachers throughout Alameda County for their excellence in classroom instruction. The honor and significance of the award will be throughout the 2012/2013 school year.