Merced County Office of Education officials on Monday announced nominations for the Teacher of the Year awards, saying this years event will also recognize other school employees.
The Excellence in Education awards ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Merced Theatre. The program is being sponsored by the Merced County Office of Education and the Educational Employees Credit Union, according to a press release.
The event is free to the public. While most people think of teachers as the main employee at a school, there are so many other school employees that play a huge role in ensuring schools run smoothly and that teachers can effectively do their job, said Dr. Steven E. Gomes, Merced County superintendent of schools.
There are six nominees for school employee of the year and seven nominees for teacher of the year. Those who work in education make a profound difference in the lives of our children, and their impact will be felt for generations to come, said Elizabeth J. Dooley, president/CEO of the Educational Employees Credit Union.
Honorees and their guests will view video vignettes produced by Merced Educational Television along with the announcement of winners in both categories. The winner of the Merced County Teacher of the Year will move on to the state awards program, the release said.
District nominees this year include Adan Moreno, Delhi Unified School District employee; Erika Pilcher, Delhi Unified School District teacher; Kathie Borba, Gustine Unified School District employee; Trisha Costa, Gustine Unified School District teacher; Linda Barbour, Le Grand Union High School District employee; Stacy Betschart, Los Banos Unified School District teacher; Vernicky Gold, Los Banos Unified School District employee; Michele Meza, Merced County Office of Education, career and alternative education employee; Cristina Vara, Merced County Office of Education special education teacher; Stacy Silva, Merced County Office of Education, early education teacher; Jacob Ramirez, Merced Union High School District teacher; Rosa Wood, Merced Union High School District employee; and Teresa M. Strube, Weaver Union School District teacher.
The Merced Theatre is located at 301 W. Main St. in downtown Merced.