12 to be honored as Stanislaus County Teachers of the Year finalists

Bee Staff ReportsApril 23, 2014 



    Shelley Cuenca, Cloverland Elementary, Oakdale Joint Unified

    Michelle Jones, Magnolia Elementary, Oakdale Joint Unified

    Susan Peters, La Rosa Elementary, Ceres Unified


    Marlene Bergstrom, Medeiros Elementary, Turlock Unified

    Amanda Hensley, Sierra View Elementary, Oakdale Joint Unified

    Danny Rogers, Fair Oaks Elementary, Oakdale Joint Unified


    Keeli Beland, Oakdale Junior High, Oakdale Joint Unified

    Jon Gianelli, Cardozo Middle, Riverbank Unified

    Jennifer Rutishauser, Ustach Middle, Sylvan


    Michael Chiavetta, Modesto High, Modesto City Schools

    William Frey, Waterford High, Waterford Unified

    Julie Granzella, East Stanislaus High, Oakdale Joint Unified

A dozen 2014 Stanislaus County Teachers of the Year finalists will be honored and four county winners will be announced at a Rotary luncheon May 6. This is the 16th year that Modesto Rotary and the Stanislaus County Office of Education have joined efforts to honor teachers.

Teachers were nominated by their principals, and finalists were selected from 87 nominees representing 19 school districts in Stanislaus County. A selection committee, composed of local Rotarians and educators, narrowed the nominations through a paper screening process and then visited the classrooms of 24 semifinalists before narrowing it down to the 12 finalists.

The four selected as Stanislaus County Teachers of the Year will each receive a $1,000 cash award and a $500 Nasco gift card. Two of the four will be selected, through an interview process, to represent Stanislaus County in the State Teacher of the Year Program.

A Civility Award will be presented in honor of former county office Assistant Superintendent Jane Johnston, who helped launch the countywide Choose Civility Initiative. Johnston was a member of the Modesto Rotary and co-chaired the Teacher of the Year Program. The winner of this award will also receive $1,000.

“Someone once said, ‘Good teachers are to education what education is to all other professions – the indispensable element, the sunlight and oxygen, the foundation on which everything else is built,’ ” said county Superintendent of Schools Tom Changnon. “It is truly an honor to partner with the Rotary to recognize these outstanding teachers – each who has helped shape the lives of young students in our county.”

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