Every day in Monterey County schools, teachers and support staff members inspire students to learn, excel and realize their full potential. The Monterey County Office of Education honored distinguished employees who were recognized by their school districts as Teachers of the Year and Classified Employees of the Year at a dinner and awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 3 at the Monterey County Office of Education.
School districts throughout the county had the opportunity to conduct awards programs earlier this year and moved employees forward to be recognized at the county level. One teacher and five classified school employees were then selected from these celebrated groups of nominees to be named Monterey County’s Teacher and Classified Employees of the Year for 2016. These employees will now move forward to be considered in the California Department of Education’s 2017 Teacher and 2016 Classified Employee of the Year Programs later this year.
"Together our teachers and support staff form a strong team with the array of skills, passion, and dedication that it takes to prepare every student for success,” said Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools. “I am honored to recognize and thank the exemplary teacher and classified support staff for all the work they are doing to brighten the future of their students and our county."
John Miller, who teaches 7th grade History-Social Science at Chalone Peaks Middle School in the King City Union School District, has been chosen as the 2016 Monterey County Teacher of the Year.
Five classified school employees, representing five classified categories (child nutrition, maintenance and operations, para-educator, office or technical, and support services and security) have been chosen as the 2016 Monterey County Classified School Employees of the Year. They are: