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SAN JOSE, CA – The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is proud to reveal Santa Clara County's 2018 Teachers of the Year and the Winners of the 2018 Texas Instruments Innovations in STEM Teaching Award.
"I congratulate each of the winners, and look forward to meeting each of these fine educators when they are honored onstage at the Teacher Recognition Celebration to be held at the Heritage Theatre in Campbell on October 22," stated County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mary Ann Dewan.
The following accomplished educators will be recognized at the 49th annual Teacher Recognition Celebration presented by the SCCOE:
In addition, five exemplary teachers from throughout Santa Clara County were named as recipients of the 2018 Texas Instruments Innovations in STEM Teaching Award. This award honors Santa Clara County public school teachers for their outstanding contributions in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Each applicant, nominated by their respective principals, was subjected to a rigorous application process. A panel of experts reviewed this year's candidates.
"Thanks to our generous partner Texas Instruments, each STEM award winner will receive a cash award of $1,000. They also have an opportunity to attend a free professional development course offered by the Santa Clara County Office of Education," stated County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mary Ann Dewan.
The 2018 awardees are:
Fremont Union High School District
Subjects Taught: Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics
"I didn't like math in high school because I didn't see the point of what we were learning and didn't enjoy the way we were learning it. I want my students' experience to be better than my own. I survey my students about their motivations for learning math and am careful to be inclusive when talking about why we're learning what we're learning. I choose a variety of contexts and applications to show how math can be used in many areas of life," stated McComb.
Fremont Union High School District
Subjects Taught: 3D Design, Levels 1-3
"From day one I strive to foster a mindset of growth. Students hear consistent messages that no matter what skills they entered with if they continually invest themselves, improvement is not only possible but probable. My ultimate goal in teaching is to create a space where students feel appreciated, respected and at peace no matter what their aptitude is with the media. I need everyone to feel safe taking a risk toward the outcome of self-betterment," stated Kruk.
Oak Grove School District
Subjects Taught: Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Elective
"My students know that they have a voice and a choice. As much as possible I let them decide or determine how they will show their learning or understanding at the end of a unit or research topic. I think knowing they have some power and control over their learning is extremely reaffirming to them and inspires them to want to work harder and do their best," stated Zaccheo.
Alum Rock Union School District
Subjects Taught: Computer Literacy, English
"I love teaching technology and how it can help bring people together and make the world a better place if you use it properly. Bringing technology into literacy helps evolve that understanding even more, and technology allows for incredible global connections," stated Jacobs.
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District
Subjects Taught: Digital Media 1 & 2
"Sharing creative techniques with technology to students so they can express themselves in multiple mediums such as music, websites, videos, animation, graphic design, augmented reality is fun for my students and me," stated Florendo.
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