Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year Gather for Reception

Recently the Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year (TOY), class of 2016-2017, gathered at the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE), in Pleasant Hill, for a special event held in their honor.

“The annual TOY Reception is a great opportunity for the 21 revered teachers to meet each other in person,” reports CCCOE TOY Coordinator Jonathan Lance. “This year’s honorees represent their school districts and their schools, from El Cerrito to Byron to San Ramon, and everywhere in between.”

For a complete list of the latest TOYs, please review this news release.

Along with the outstanding opportunity of fellowship between the honored teachers, as well as many of their school principals and school district superintendents, the reception provided information about what the newest TOYs can expect during the upcoming year. The group learned about the history of the TOY program, that began in 1973; the Classroom Grants that they will receive this fall; and the upcoming Teacher of the Year Dinner Celebration. A heartwarming portion of the event took place during the teachers’ introductions, and each of them were asked which person in their life inspired them to enter a career in education. In addition, the group enjoyed hearing about what they can expect during the upcoming year from the current 2015-2016 Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year Maria McClain and Kate Perry.

On the evening of September 22, 2016, all 21 TOYs, accompanied by their families, friends, and co-workers (an audience of close to 500) will be honored at the annual Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Dinner Celebration, held at the Hilton Concord. Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata, who serves as master of ceremonies, introduces the TOYs by sharing a special story that reflects her classroom visits of each teacher during the current spring and summer months. This will be followed by the TOY four finalists giving their three- to five-minute speeches to the filled banquet room. Finally, the night will come to a dramatic close with the announcement of the two 2016-2017 Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year.

For information about the four TOY finalists, please view this news release.

Currently, there are approximately 8,400 teachers educating more than 174,800 students in Contra Costa County’s public schools. To recognize their efforts and bring much-deserved honor to the teaching profession, the participating school districts in the county named their Teachers of the Year (TOY) representatives this past March. This year's 21 TOYs represent 16 Contra Costa County school districts, the Contra Costa Community College District, and the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE). The two winners of the county TOY program will represent Contra Costa County in the California State TOY Program this coming fall.

For additional details about the CCCOE’s Teacher of the Year program, please visit this Web page.

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