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California TOY Awardees 1952–2009

California Teachers of the Year Awardees for 1952 to 2009.

This Web page contains California Teachers of the Year Awardees for 1952 to 2009 by year.

All teaching areas, schools, and districts are shown at the time of the award.

2009

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Alastair Inman
Science
Lexington Junior High
Anaheim Union High
Grade 8 / Mathematics
Mission Middle School / Escondido
Escondido Union Elementary
Jose L. Navarro IV
Social Studies and U.S. History
Sylmar Senior High
Los Angeles Unified
Mark Teeters
Choral Music
Vintage High
Napa Valley Unified
Loredana Wicketts
Grade 3
Eisenhower Elementary
Corona-Norco Unified

2008

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Andee Aceves
Grade 3
San Altos Elementary School
Lemon Grove School District
Grades 9-12 / Engineering and Design
James Monroe High School / North Hills
Los Angeles Unified School District
Michel Allen Long
Grades 4-5
Carmela Elementary School
South Whittier School District
Gregory McFall
Grade 8 / U.S. History
Russell I. Johnson Middle School
Westminster Elementary School District
Tamara "Tammy" Reina
Grades 9-12 / English, U.S. History, and General Educational Development (GED) Preparation
East Mesa School
San Diego County

2007

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Dawna Countryman
Grade 5
Tesoro del Valle Elementary School
Saugus Union Elementary School District
Rick LeVan
Pre-Algebra and Life Science
Canyon Middle School
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District
Helen Papadopoulos
Algebra
Suzanne Middle School
Walnut Valley Unified School District
Charles Reynes
Grades 4-5, Science
Palomares, Proctor, Independent, Marshall, Stanton, and Castro Valley Elementary
Castro Valley Unified School District
Grade 10 / Language Arts, English, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), and Creative Writing
Lynwood High School / Lynwood
Lynwood Unified School District

2006

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Diana B. Barnhart
Science
Los Osos Middle School
San Luis Obispo Coastal Unified School District
Grades 6-8 / Language Arts and Literacy Coach
Katherine Edwards Middle School / Whittier
Whittier City School District
Kenneth E. Dyar
Physical Education
Cecil Avenue Middle School
Delano Union School District
Kelly Jean Hanock
English Language Arts
James Monroe High School
Los Angeles Unified School District
Shelbi J. Wilson
English, Health, Volleyball, Yearbook, Teen Mom Program
Abraham Lincoln High School
Riverside Unified School District

2005

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Eric Burrows
Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. and European History, Debate
San Marcos High School
Santa Barbara High School District
Kim Labinger
Grade 4
Thomas A. Edison Elementary School
Glendale Unified School District
Grades 9-12 / Social Studies
San Diego High School / San Diego
San Diego Unified School Distict
Alan Siegel
History, Civics, Economics, and Media
W.C. Carlé Continuation High School
Konocti Unified School District
Ray Williams
Grade 6
Steve Luther Elementary School
Cypress Elementary School District

2004

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Arthur Coleman Jr.
Music
Hamilton Middle School
Stockton Unified School District, San Joaquin County
Dawn Imamoto
Grade 2
Bryte Elementary School
Washington Unified School District, Yolo County
Grade 11 / Chemistry and Physics
Tustin High School / Tustin
Tustin Unified School District, Orange County
Paul McLaughlin
Mathematics
Suzanne Middle School
Walnut Valley Unified School District, Los Angeles County
Zenaida Rosario
Grade 3
La Mirada Elementary School
San Ysidro Unified School District, San Diego County

2003

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Grade 9 / Physical Education and English
Grant High School / Sacramento
Grant Union High

Connie Baumgardt Blackburn

Kindergarten
Central Elementary
Escondido Union Elementary
Anne Marie Bergen
Science Coordinator
Magnolia Elementary
Oakdale Joint Unified
Christopher Mullin
History and Latin
Santa Ynez Valley High
Santa Ynez Valley Union High
Tamara Thornell
Grade 2
Norman R. Brekke Elementary
Oxnard Elementary
James Jordan (alternate)
English and Journalism
Del Campo High
San Juan Unified
Sharon Roxburgh (alternate)
Grade 5
Dr. Juliet Thorner Elementary
Bakersfield City

2002

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Carol Brouhle
Mathematics
Westminster High School
Huntington Beach Union High School District
Mary Eillen Geer
Kindergarten - Grade 5 / Reading, Physical Education and Mathematics
Merlinda Elementary School
West Covina Unified School District
Janet Gower
Grades 10-11 / Health Careers
Ygnacio Valley High School
Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Marvin N. Inmon
Grades 1-3 / Special Education
James M. Guinn Elementary School
Anaheim City School District
Chauncey Veatch - National Teacher of the Year External link opens in new window or tab.
Grades 9-12 / Social Studies
Coachella Valley High School / Thermal
Coachella Valley Unified School District

2001

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Mary Allan
Grade 3
Jack London Elementary
Antioch Unified
Grades 11-12 / Advanced Placement Mathematics
Brea Olinda High School / Brea
Brea Olinda Unified
Adele Prince
Advanced Placement and Honors English
Glendora High
Glendora Unified
Dalynn Smith-Malek
Art
Laguna Hills High
Saddleback Valley Unified
Jeff Wright
History and Industrial Arts
Lincoln High
Lincoln Unified

2000

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
John "Jack" Hawkins
Science and Athletics
Sonora High
Fullerton Joint Union High
Jan Patrick Mongoven
Human Genetics and Biotech Lab
San Marcos High
San Marcos Unified
Karen O'Connor
Grade 3
Sunset Hills Elementary
Poway Unified
Grade 12 / Advanced Placement English
Mira Costa High / Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach Unified
Kami J. Winding
Grades 10-12 / Language Arts
James Logan High
New Haven Unified

1999

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Ingrid Boydston
Grade 6
Santa Clarita Elementary School
Saugus Union Elementary School District, Los Angeles County
Susan "Susie" M. Haas
Kindergarten
John Adams Elementary School, Corona
Corona-Norco Unified School District, Riverside County
Richard Herold
AP European History
Hemet High School
Hemet Unified School District, Riverside County
William Everett Pence - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Grades 9-12 / Life Science, Advanced Placement Biology and Marine Biology
California High School / San Ramon
San Ramon Valley Unified, Contra Costa County
Debbie Vigil
Kindergarten - Grade 6, Physical Education
Jefferson Elementary School
Natomas Unified School District, Sacramento County

1998

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Larry W. Bordeaux
English 12
Foothill High
Grant Union High
Ginger Brown - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Pre-Kindergarten (visually impaired) / Special Education Vison
Chandler Tripp School / San Jose
Santa Clara COE
Jan Duke
Grade 4
Simas Elementary
Hanford Elementary
Linwood Thompson
History and Speech
Bellflower High
Bellflower Unified
Cindy Rhode
Agricultural Mechanics
Pierce High
Pierce Joint Unified

1997

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Mike Aiello
Grades 11-12 / Chemistry and Physics
San Luis Obispo High
San Luis Coastal Unified
Stephen Bock - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Grade 6 / Elementary
Woodrow Wilson Elementary School / Selma
Fresno COE
Carol Firestone
Language Arts & Social Science
Lindero Canyon Middle
Las Virgenes Unified
Ralphene Lee
Grade 3
Trajan Elementary
San Juan Unified
Toni Robinette
English
Granite Hills High
Apple Valley Unified

1996

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Cedric Anderson
Math, Science, History, Language Arts
Rosewood Community Education Center
Los Angeles COE
Sandra Fleishman
Grade 5
Yerba Buena Elementary
Las Virgines Unified
Emma Glover
Elementary Education
James Monroe Elementary
Hanford Elementary
Javier Gonzalez - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Grades 9-12 / Mathematics
Pioneer High / Whittier
Whittier Union High
John McGuire
7-8 Grades / Mathematics
Pacific Union Elementary
Pacific Union Elementary

1995

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Roy Anthony
Grades 9-12 / Instrumental Music
Valhalla High
Grossmont Union High
Kathleen Byrnes
Special Education
Marin COE
Marin COE
Richard Chapleau - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Grades 10-12 / Chemistry
Palmdale High School / Palmdale
Antelope Valley Union High
Rhoda Coleman
Reading and ELD
CSU Long Beach
CSU Long Beach
Vicky Vigario
Elementary Education
Donner Elementary
Elk Grove Unified

1994

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Beth Cassford
Language Arts & History
Lake Center Middle
Little Lake City Elementary
Michelle Craig
Speech Pathology
Lone Tree Elementary
Wheatland Elementary
Aline Yee Grossman
Spanish and Italian
Ventura High
Ventura Unified
Tommie Lindsey, Jr.

Sociology

James Logan High
New Haven Unified
Sandra McBrayer - National Teacher of the Year
Grades 7-12 / Self-contained Class
Children's Initiative, Homeless Outreach School Program / San Diego
San Diego

1993

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Patricia Ann Baltz - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Grades 4-5 / Elementary
Camino Grove Elementary / Arcadia
Arcadia Unified
Paulette Bogetti
Mathematics
Manteca High
Manteca Unified
Carmen Candelaria
English Tutoring
Retired
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary
Dennis Jory
PAR Consulting
Retired
Desert Sands Unified
Edward Ronald Riegler
History & Economics
Alhambra High
Alhambra City High

1992

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Maria Azucena Vigil - National Teacher of the Year Finalist

Kindergarten / Elementary Education, Spanish and Social Studies

Las Lomas Elementary School / La Habra
La Habra City Elementary

1991

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Bruce Fisher - National Teacher of the Year Candidate

Grade 5

Fortuna Elementary School / Fortuna
Fortuna Union Elementary

1990

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Janis Gabay - National Teacher of the Year
Grades 10-12 / English
Junipero Serra High School / San Diego
San Diego City Unified

1989

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Jenlane (Gee) Matt - National Teacher of the Year Finalist
Grade 3 / Elementary
Christine Sipherd Elementary School / Modesto
Empire Union Elementary

1988

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Lorna Mae T. Nagata - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Grade 4 / Elementary
Fremont Elementary School / Alhambra
Alhambra Unified

1987

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Shirley A. Rosenkranz - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
English
Temple City High School / Temple City
Temple City Unified

1986

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Robert Mange - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Science, Biology and Physiology
Folsom High School / Folsom
Folsom-Cordova Unified

1985

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Evaline Kruse- National Teacher of the Year Candidate
English
Audubon Junior High School / Los Angeles
Los Angeles Unified

1984

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Francis Chamberlain - National Teacher of the Year Finalist
Grades 7-12
Napa County Community / Napa
Napa County Office of Education

1983

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Suzanne Charlton - National Teacher of the Candidate
Spanish
Mission Viejo High / Mission Viejo
Saddleback Valley Unified

1982

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Reno Taini - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Environmental Education
Jefferson High School / Daly City
Jefferson Union High

1981

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Patricia Oyeshiku - National Teacher of the Year Finalist
English
Samuel F. B. Morse High School (Morse High) / San Diego
San Diego Unified School District / San Diego County

1980

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Theodore Yanak - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Government and History
Joaquin Miller Junior High School / San Jose
Cupertino Union School District / Santa Clara County

1979

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Hank Nadeau - National Teacher of the Year Finalist
Grades 2-3 / Elementary
Felicita Elementary School / Escondido
Escondido Union School District / San Diego County

1978

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Gilbert Yee- National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Grade 5 / Elementary
Niles Elementary School / Fremont
Fremont Unified School District / Alameda County

1977

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Myra Lee - National Teacher of the Year
Grades 9-12 / Social Living, History, and Women's Studies
Helix High School / Le Mesa
Grossmont Union High School District / San Diego County

1976

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Carol Billone - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Science and Drama
Marlton School for the Deaf / Los Angeles
Los Angeles Unified School District / Los Angeles County

1975

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Dentler Erdmann - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Grades 9-12 / Business
Belmont High School / Los Angeles
Los Angeles Unified School District / Los Angeles County

1974

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Edward Helwick Jr. - National Teacher of the Year Finalist
Grade 12 / American Government
Culver City High School / Culver City
Culver City Unified School District / Los Angeles County

1973

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Helen Tracy - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Elementary
Del Norte County Unified School District / Crescent City
Del Norte County / Del Norte County

1972

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Richard Everson - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Grades 9-12 / English, History, and Anthropology
Big Bear High School / Big Bear City
Bear Valley Unified School District / San Bernardino County

1971

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Don Gunter - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Grade 5 / Elementary
Nicholas Elementray School / Sacramento
Sacramento City Unified School District / Sacramento County

1970

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
George Fetter - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Grade 12 / English
Hilltop High School / Chula Vista
Sweetwater Union High School District / San Diego County

1969

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Lawrence Newman - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Grades 7-12 / Mathematics
California School for the Deaf
State Special Schools

1968

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Albert E. DiPippo - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Junior College / English
San Jose City College / San Jose
San Jose Unified School District / Santa Clara County

1967

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Cecil Osoff - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Economics, Social Science, and History
La Canada High School / La Canada
La Canada Unified School District / Los Angeles County

1966

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Wendell K. Ventura - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Grade 5 / Elementary
Parkside Elementary School / San Mateo
San Mateo-Foster City School District / San Mateo County

1964

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Bernadine Reilly - National Teacher of the Year Candidate
Grades 3 and 6 / Elementary and Special Education
Lucas Valley Elementary School / San Rafael
Lucas Valley Elementary School District / Marin County

1961

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Kenneth Easter - National Teacher of the Year Finalist
Vocational Agriculture
Dos Palos High School / Dos Palos
Dos Palos Oro Loma Joint Unified School District / Merced County

1957

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Frederick Barshaw - National Teacher of the Year Finalist
Elementary
Dyer Street Elementary School / Sylmar
Los Angeles Unified School District / Los Angeles County

1952

Awardee Grade(s) / Teaching Area School / City District / County
Geraldine Laverne Jones - National Teacher of the Year
Grade 1
Hope Elementary School / Santa Barbara
Hope Elementary School District / Santa Barbara County

Note: In years 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, and 1965 California did not participate in the National Teacher of the Year Program.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, March 6, 2018