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 (less than 3 years in the profession)​. 

  1. Enthusiasm for the job (a smile and energy, plus a drive to do things right).

  2. Ability to spark meaningful work conversations and address current issues.

  3. New and useful ideas for instruction and/or school climate.

  4. Approval of students and parents, as well as fellow teachers.

  5. Consideration of the following:

    • Ability to work well with special education students.​

    • Strategic/effective use of IT/new media as part of instruction

    • Ability to relate to students, especially where a caring adult acting as a mentor can have a profound difference on the trajectory of a child's education. 

Innovative Teacher(s). 

  1. Instrumental in implementing an innovative or creative change in instruction or the school climate that has been adopted within the last five years. 

  2. The innovation or creative change has been shown to be effective in  meeting its stated goal. 

  3. The teacher has a history of promoting high standards and thoughtful execution of instruction and school climate strategies, such that the award reflects not just a one-time contribution, but rather a history of working to improve school operations. 

Career Service Teachers.

  1. Interpersonal communication skills (how the teacher connects with others, what expectations of effort and achievement the teacher communicates, the feelings the teacher communicates to others).

  2. Creativity and imagination (innovative teaching approaches and tecniques, effectiveness in addressing individual student interests and needs).

  3. Extracurricular activities (helps students extend learning through clubs, sports, field trips, etc, is available to students and meets with parents outside of class time, communicates closely and effectively with parents.) 

  4. Collegial development (helps guide, coach, and support fellow teachers, actively contributes in staff meetings and events, exhibits school leadership).

  5. Personal professional development (pursues personal growth as a teacher, utilizes a variety of outside resources)

 

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2019-2020 Awards

The Sebastopol Rotary Education Foundation (SREF) is pleased to honor 2019-2020 Teachers of the Year:   

Mary Jo Kinser, Pleasant Hill Christian School for a career of great performance and leadership; Sydnee Mardell, Twin Hills Charter Middle School for her stellar performance as a new teacher;  and Joe Maloney, Laguna HIgh School for his innovations to improve curriculum and career opportunities
Read the Full Press Release Here

  • Mary Jo Kinser:

    Career Service Teacher

    Pleasant Hill Christian School

    Mary Jo Kinser of Pleasant Hill Christian School has been teaching there for 38 years.  She is a founding teacher of the school.  Over the years, she has become known for both her high standards and her loving attitude for her students and her leadership with her fellow faculty members..
     

  • Sydnee Mardell:

    New Teacher

    Twin Hills Charter Middle School
    ​Twin Hills School District

    Sydnee Mardell of Twin Hills Charter Middle School has demonstrated great enthusiasm, a terrific work ethic, and a love of students every day since she first set foot on campus.  She has brought with her great understanding of how to use technology to improve education, and she has shown real leadership in solving school challenges, like how to continue teaching in a stay at home environment.

  • Joe Maloney:
    Innovative Teacher

    Laguna High School
    West Sonoma County Union High School District

    Joe Maloney of Laguna High School has for many years sought to give his students new and exciting career paths.  Most recently, he facilitated the opening of a chapter of the North Bay Construction Corps in West County, and he serves as its faculty member.

2018-2019

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

2017-2018

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

2016-2017

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

2015-2016

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

2014-2015

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

2013-2014

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

2012-2013

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

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

​2008-2009

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

2007-2008

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

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