On Dec. 6 the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Community Awards Dinner at the Bridges in San Ramon.
I received a phone call a few weeks back letting me know that I was up for the honor of “Educator of the Year” in San Ramon. I was floored when learning that I would be one of three recognized at this event, and I would attend the ceremony to find out who was declared “Educator of the Year.”
Anyone in the community was allowed to nominate those individuals who were deserving of such an honor, in multiple fields from Educator of the Year to Citizen of the Year to Employee of the Year and more.
Three nominees from each category will be honored at this annual event, where the “winner” will be revealed as part of the evening’s festivities. Visit here to learn more or even consider attending this community event.
Just being nominated is quite a distinguishing moment. In my 15 years of teaching, this is the third time I have been recognized for all that I do in my classroom, which is quite a feat in a field where teachers often go unrecognized and unnoticed.
When teaching in Castro Valley, I was awarded teacher of the year by the Castro Valley Rotary and was awarded Teacher of the Year by the San Ramon Rotary as a Walt Disney Elementary teacher. This most recent nomination truly ices the cake, professionally and personally speaking. Teaching can often be a very solitary profession, where teachers are contained inside their classroom with students and have little interaction with fellow teachers or even the parents of those students in our classrooms.
Being nominated by a member of the community and being honored at such an important San Ramon event is an amazing and remarkable achievement. No matter whether I win or lose, the saying holds true that it is just an honor to be considered as a distinguished educator among so many deserving teachers in our community.
So, like others in attendance on Dec. 6, I will be a member of the event-goers who nervously waits the unveiling to learn whether I am the chosen one! Win or lose, though, I am proud to be nominated amongst Cal High principal Mark Corti and Iron Horse math teacher Mona Keeler. One parent whose children I taught at Walt Disney recently e-mailed me to remark, “Teacher of the year? You should be teacher of the decade!”