Here Are the Winners of California’s 2019 Teacher of the Year Awards

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has released the list of California’s Teachers of the Year for 2019. The awards, which are part of the California School Recognition Program (CSRP), are meant to honor educators who have gone above and beyond to foster educational innovation and student learning each year.

“The purpose of the California TOY Program is to honor the teaching profession and to heighten interest in teaching as a career,” according to the California Department of Education website. “The program affords the opportunity to bring attention to teachers who successfully employ strategies to increase academic success and narrow the achievement gap among a range of students. Many of California's TOYs have ultimately become National Teacher of the Year recipients or finalists.”

To learn more about the awards, including eligibility and the selection process, read more here.

Below is a list of the 2019 recipients.

Erica Boomer
Grades 9–12, Agriculture
Upper Lake High School, Upper Lake
Upper Lake Unified School District, Lake County

Michael Henges
Grade 12, Government and Economics
Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach
Redondo Beach Unified School District, Los Angeles County

Kim Holz
Grade 4, Multiple Subjects
Opal Robinson Elementary, Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach Unified School District, Los Angeles County

Angel Mejico
Grades 7–8, Art
El Cerrito Middle School, Corona
Corona-Norco Unified School District, Riverside County

Rosie Reid (National Teacher of the Year Candidate)
Grades 9–12, English
Northgate High School, Walnut Creek
Mount Diablo Unified School District, Contra Costa County



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