SAN JOSE, CA – The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is proud to reveal Santa Clara County's 2019 Teachers of the Year and the Winners of the 2019 Texas Instruments Innovations in STEM Teaching Award.
The following accomplished educators will be honored onstage at the 50th annual Teacher Recognition Celebration to be held at the Heritage Theatre in Campbell on October 3 presented by the SCCOE:
In addition, five exemplary teachers from throughout Santa Clara County were named as recipients of the 2019 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.
Each STEM award winner will receive a cash award of $1,000 from Texas Instruments. They also have an opportunity to attend a free professional development course offered by the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
The 2019 awardees are:
Alum Rock Union School District
Subjects Taught: Engineer and Computer Science
"Many students today are wary of making mistakes and failing - Engineering and Computer Science are an easy way to show them that failure isn't only OK; it's required. Ideas are great - until we try them, we don't know if they will work or not, and especially in new areas, we're going to make lots of mistakes," stated Benoit.
Los Altos School District
Subjects Taught: Computer Science
"My knowledge of computer science has helped me over the years to learn many skills since it teaches you a way of thinking and problem-solving. I am excited about teaching every day because I know I am sharing my passion for this amazing subject with my students," stated Vaidyanathan.
Fremont Union High School District
Subjects Taught: Intro to Engineering Design and AP Statistics
"I love helping students to see the real-life power of those two subjects and how they are so much more than sitting and crunching numbers. I enjoy going to work every day because I can see the growth of my students and get to use my creative abilities in my efforts to get them excited about the possibilities that math and engineering can open for them in their own lives," stated Koning.
Los Gatos Saratoga Union High School District
Subjects Taught: Robotics, Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering
"In my class, students get to learn at their level. My engineering students come in at all different levels; some students come in already having learned many engineering skills, but many haven't. Regardless of their starting level, their grade is based upon their effort and individual growth. It's satisfying for students to know that if they work hard, they will learn, and they will get a good grade," stated Coppelli.
East Side Union High School District
Subjects Taught: AP Biology, Science Research
"Biology is a gateway to other STE(A)M and critical thinking which includes predicting cell interactions, calculating population dynamics, engineering biomedical devices, and ultimately incorporating creativity to propose (and implement!) solutions to real-world problems. Students who are inspired by the field of biology will likely end up working in jobs that do not currently exist because of dynamic developments in technologies and new ways to build a body of knowledge, and for that ultimate reason, I am enthusiastic about my subject," stated Claudio.
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About the Santa Clara County Office of Education
Working collaboratively with school and community partners, the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a regional service agency that provides instructional, business, and technology services to the 31 school districts of Santa Clara County. The County Office of Education directly serves students through special education programs, alternative schools, Head Start and State Preschool programs, migrant education, and Opportunity Youth Academy. The SCCOE also provides academic and fiscal oversight and monitoring to districts in addition to the 21 Santa Clara County Board of Education authorized charter schools.