Earlier today, Monday, Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Las Lomas High School and the classroom of China Harvey – an eight-year social studies instructor recently named Acalanes Union High School District’s Teacher of the Year (TOY).
Harvey, one of 22 Contra Costa County TOYs, will join her colleagues September 28 and be honored that evening at the annual Teacher of the Year Dinner Celebration, held at the Concord Hilton. The 22 TOYs will be accompanied by their families, friends, and co-workers. The expected crowd of close to 500 will also include numerous other supporters of the program.
“While I went into teaching because of my love of history and my desire to share often untold stories, I have stayed a teacher because of my students,” says Harvey. “They enrich my life through their intelligence, humor, inquisitiveness, and love for life. I am happy to see them every time they walk into my classroom. Combining my love of history with the joy I get from teaching students motivates me every day.”
Superintendent Sakata makes a point of visiting each incoming TOY in their classrooms, prior to the Dinner Celebration to familiarize herself with the teachers and their students, as well as to take part in the day’s lesson plan.
She plans to tell the audience about her visit with her teachers and, apparently, intends to include a quote or two from their students.