SAN JOSE, CA – Teaching is "hard work, but well worth it," according to Mirell Kazos a fifth-grade teacher and the Sunnyvale School District 2017 Teacher of the Year.
In this installment of "Why I Teach," Kazos joins Santa Clara County teachers of the year, David Franklin of Mountain View Whisman School District and Satomi Fujikawa from Berryessa Union School District. This video is the third volume of the 2017 edition of the Public Service Announcement (PSA) series produced by the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE).
All three teachers were honored during the 2017 Teacher Recognition Celebration in Campbell last fall.
In this brief video series, each teacher shares why they continue in their current profession. It is part of a broader SCCOE initiative to retain and recruit high-quality teachers in Santa Clara County.
On Saturday, February 10, the SCCOE will host Step into Teaching: Opportunities in Silicon Valley Public Schools. This event is designed to help prospective teachers meet with teachers, credentialing programs, and potential employers, and gain a better understanding of both the rewards and the challenges of the profession.
The PSA series, which will be released Mondays until March 26, is part of an on-going initiative to increase qualified teaching candidates. In addition to being posted to the SCCOE YouTube channel, the videos will also be provided to local cable access channels in the various municipalities throughout the county.
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The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a regional service agency that provides instructional and business services to the 31 school districts of Santa Clara County. The SCCOE serves students through special education programs, alternative schools, Head Start and State Preschool programs, migrant education, and Opportunity Youth Academy. The Office also provides curriculum support, staff development, and technology support and training directly to teachers and staff in schools countywide.