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Teacher of the Year Selection Criteria

Please note the selection criteria listed here are not exclusive, and are not intended to be requirements. Instead they are a list of considerations that we hope will help those who nominate teachers understand the intent behind each of the three cateories.


New Teacher (4 years or less in the profession)

1. Demonstrates enthusiasm and dedication for the job of educating our youth.

2. Demonstrates a commitment to the educability of all students and is sensitive to each student's learning needs.

3. Determines appropriate learning experiences for students based on ongoing assessments.

4. Plans and implements activities that stimulates students' interests, learning, and promotes critical thinking, meaningful discussions, and creativity.

5. Develops a positive classroom environment that reinforces positive self-image, communication, and collaboration.

6. Works well with all students, parents, staff and the community.


Innovative/Collaborative Teachers (two or more)

1. Works collaboratively with other teacher(s) in designing and implementing an innovative curriculum.

2. Plans, collaborates, and implements activities that motivates student learning and meets the various learning needs and modalities of all students.

3. Plans and implements activities that foster critical thinking, problem solving creativity, communication, and collaboration.

4. Promotes high standards and thoughtful execution of instruction.

5. Listens and communicates effectively with students, parents, colleagues, and staff.

Career Service Teacher (5 years or more in the profession)

1. Is effective in addressing students' needs, interests, and learning and meets the State Standard Goals and Objectives Requirements.

2. Demonstrates effective interpersonal communication skills with students, parents, staff, and the community.

3. Maintains an environment conducive to learning and positive self-concept. 

4. Uses innovative and creative teaching approaches and techniques.

5. Provides opportunities for students to practice what is learned.

6. Encourages students to be involved in extracurricular activities.

7. Offers support to colleagues, provides leadership where appropriate, and contributes to good morale in the classroom, school, and community.


A Long History of Teacher Awards!



Allie Brown, Career Service Teacher, Gravenstein Elementary School

Jeanne Guerinoni, Career Service Teacher, Apple Blossom School

Casey Jones, New Teacher, Analy High School

Britt Machado, Innovative Teacher, Brook Haven School



Sally Briggs, Career Service Teacher, Apple Blossom School

Mei Ibach, New Teacher, West County High Schools

Andy Del Monte and Walt Hays, Innovative Teachers, West County High School



Sergio Blanco, Career Service Teacher, Hillcrest Middle School

Jennifer Tsuromoto, New Teacher, Park Side and Brook Haven Schools

Kate Crandall, Beth Trivunovic, Kory Van Dyke, and Sally Redfern

Innovative Teachers, Gravenstein Elementary School


Mary Jo Kinser, Career Service Teacher, Pleasant Hill Christian School

Sydnee Mardell, New Teacher, Twin Hills Charter Middle School

Joe Maloney, Innovative Teacher, Laguna High School


Julie Aiello, Kindergarten, Parkside School
Tim Forslund, Social Studies, Analy High School
Amanda Reece, Special Education, West Sonoma County Special Education Consortium
Sonoma West Times Article


Jolene Johnson, Dance Teacher, El Molino High School
Karen McKenna, 6th Grade English and History, Twin Hills Middle School
Jeff Stucker, 6th Grade English and History, Brook Haven School
Sonoma West Times Article


​Kate O'Brien,Kindergarten,  Sunridge School
Sara Gramm, 3rd Grade, Parkside School
Adam Alcorn, Special Education, Analy High School
Sonoma West Times Article


Nicole Ellwood, Special Education Twin Hills Middle School
Katya Robinson, West Sonoma County Special Education Consortium
Walt Hayes, Applied Arts & Technology, Analy High School
Sonoma West Times Article


​Sunny Galbraith, Orchard View School
Greg Corby, Brook Haven School
Mike Roan, El Molino High School
Sonoma West Times Article


Mary Fitch, Physical Sciences, Twin Hills Charter School
Sarah Prosser, 4th Grade, Sun Ridge Waldorf School
Lynn Stewart, English Language Learners, El Molino High School


Andy DelMonte, Choir, Analy High School
John Thomas, English, El Molino High School


Gianna De Persis Vona, English, Laguna High School
Rachel Lasek, Math, El Molino High School


Joe Compagno, Science, Analy High School
Vance Regan, Instrumental Music, Analy High School


Bill Olzman, Social Studies/English, El Molino High School
Lynette Williamson, English/Rhetoric, Analy High School


John Grech, Social Studies, El Molino High School
Cathy Wiese, Special Eduaction, Analy High School

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