Beyer High, Earl Elementary teachers up for California's Teacher of the Year awards

local@modbee.comJune 26, 2013 

Teachers from Beyer High and Turlock's Earl Elementary will represent Stanislaus County in the state Teachers of the Year program.

The Stanislaus County Office of Education announced the selection Wednesday. Heidi Pagani from Beyer, in the Modesto City Schools District, and Michelle Cardoso from Earl, in the Turlock Unified School District, were selected from among 70 nominees and four finalists in the program sponsored by the county office and the Modesto Rotary.

Pagani is a math instructor with 16 years' experience who started the robotics and engineering pathway at Beyer, Principal Dan Park said in his nomination.

Cardoso will teach third grade in the coming year and has 20 years' experience in second through fifth grades. Principal Tami Truax said Cardoso inspires students with lessons that are "relevant, engaging, inspiring and unique."

Cardoso and Pagani will be considered for one of five state 2013 Teachers of the Year slots. Representatives of major educational and parent organizations and veteran teachers of the year make selections. Announcements are usually made in early November.

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