The three Fresno County Educators chosen as the 2021 Educator of the Year – teacher, school employee, and administrator – have over 88 years of combined education work.
The winners are Sherri Johnson, a coed K / 1 teacher at Cole Elementary School in Clovis Unified; Richard Delgado, Student Relations Liaison at Clovis West High School; and Alma McKenry, senior director of health services for the office of the superintendent of schools in Fresno County.
The trio was in the spotlight on Sunday on a 6:30 p.m. show on ABC30. Johnson and Delgado can apply for the California Department of Education awards in 2022.
Johnson, a 34-year teacher, says of her position: “All students learn when instruction is differentiated to challenge each on their own level. Students do best when they feel supported by their teacher, and they are empowered when they can do things independently on their own.
Delgado, who has worked in education for over three decades, said of his work: “Students need someone on campus to listen to them, receive the attention and respect they need. ‘they deserve and hold them accountable for their structure. I try to treat all of my students as if they were my own.
McKenry, who has worked in education for 24 years, said this about her position: “Nurses are key players in the development of educational programs ensuring that the medical needs of students are met. into account so that students remain safe and medically stable when entering their education program.
Also in the school zone:
- A longtime businesswoman from Fresno is considering running for the trustee seat of Fresno High.
- Creative writers who are also California educators are eligible for new scholarships.
- Is the wait for a new State Center chancellor about to end?
The Educator of the Year application process begins in March with completed school district application packages, with one nominee for each category. A committee reads and ranks the packages, and a final selection committee narrows the field to three finalists in each category. The winners are chosen behind closed doors.
Another candidate for the seat of director
The candidacy period for the election for the vacant Fresno High Area trustee will not open until December 20, but already four people have filed campaign finance documents indicating they are considering running.
The winner of the April 12 special election will complete the remainder of the four-year term longtime administrator Carol Mills won in November 2020, eight months before losing her battle to Lou Gehrig’s illness.
The latest to throw her hat in the ring is Kathy Bray, president of Denham Resources. Bray, who recently resigned as chair of the Fresno Planning Commission and held other civic functions, said she was seeking the seat because she saw too many job applicants who didn’t did not have sufficient academic preparation to be hired or to keep their jobs.
Bray said she was inspired by a number of factors to perform, including a mention in the Public Schools Review that Fresno County has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked schools in the nation.
“We know how to do what needs to be done,” she said.
The other candidates are former city councilor Blong Xiong, whose campaign finance documents still show him running in 2024 – he says he plans to run in 2022 – community activist Dr Andy Levine and part-time faculty member of the university, and retired teacher Russell Allen.
Creative writing grants offered
California high school educators can boost their creative writing careers through the Jack Hazard Fellowships for Creative Writers Teaching High School program hosted by the Oakland-based New Literary Project.
NLP will be awarding nine scholarships of $ 5,000, but to be eligible you must meet the following criteria:
- Jack Hazard Fellows must be writers of fiction, creative non-fiction, or memory.
- They must be current full-time instructors (in any department, not just English) at an accredited California high school (Grades 9-12, teaching in the 2021-22 school year).
- Applicants must submit a written sample along with any other related support material requested.
The deadline to apply is December 31st. For more information or to apply, click on here.
Choice of Chancellor of the State Center?
The State Center Community College district board of directors has scheduled a special board meeting on Monday, November 29, and may announce the name of the new district chancellor.
The meeting agenda indicates that the board will meet behind closed doors to discuss several agenda items, including “employment / appointment of public employees – the chancellor”. At the end of the closed session, council will return to open session to report any action taken in closed session.
The three nominees are Dr Carole Goldsmith, President of Fresno City College; Dr Omid Pourzanjami, former superintendent / president of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton; and Dr. Beatriz Espinoza, who works at Laredo Community College in Texas as a consultant and previously served as president of Coastal Bend College in Texas.
The board is looking for a replacement for former Chancellor Paul Parnell, who retired in July. Acting Chancellor Douglas Houston has been the district’s top administrator while the district seeks Parnell’s permanent replacement.