• 2020 Alameda County Teacher of the Year Awards

    Teacher of the Year Celebration 2020

    The Alameda County Office of Education is honored to recognize the 2020 Teachers of the Year named by county school districts.

    Twelve district-level honorees were selected by the 10 districts that have chosen to participate this year. The honorees are recognized for their individual dedication and excellence in the classroom, and they collectively represent the thousands of educators doing amazing work across Alameda County every day.

    "As County Superintendent, it is my honor and pleasure to uplift and celebrate our Teacher of the Year honorees for their dedication and efforts on behalf of students," said Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe. "This year it feels particularly important and healing to shine a spotlight on educators who perform such a critical service in our community."

    2020 Teachers of the Year for
    Alameda County School Districts

    Brian Dodson

    Alameda Unified School District

    Brian Dodson was named Teacher of the Year for his work as a 2nd/3rd grade teacher at Maya Lin School. 

    Jina Kim

    Castro Valley Unified School District

    Jina Kim was named Teacher of the Year for her work as a 4th grade teacher at Vannoy Elementary School. 

    Nicole Meyer

    Dublin Unified School District

    Nicole Meyer was named Teacher of the Year for her work as an English and AVID teacher at Eleanor Murray Fallon Middle School. 

    Bray Roman

    Fremont Unified School District

    Bray Roman was named Teacher of the Year for his work as a PE teacher at John F. Kennedy High School. 

    Jose Tañada

    Hayward Unified School District

    Jose Tañada was named Teacher of the Year for his work as an English Language Arts and Puente teacher at Anthony W. Ochoa Middle School. 

    Miguel Baez

    Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

    Miguel Baez was named Teacher of the Year for his work as a Computer Arts and IT teacher at Granada High School. 

    Christopher Skrocke

    Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program

    Christopher Skrocke was named Teacher of the Year for his work as a Culinary Arts teacher for Mission Valley ROP. 

    Phoebe Diamond

    Oakland Unified School District

    Phoebe Diamond was named Teacher of the Year for her work as a 3rd grade teacher for Chabot Elementary School.  

    Nathan Jackson

    Oakland Unified School District

    Nathan Jackson was named Teacher of the Year for his work as a PE teacher for Urban Promise Academy.

    Ji-Yun (Jane) Kim

    Oakland Unified School District

    Ji-Yun (Jane) Kim was named Teacher of the Year for her work as a Biology/AP Biology teacher for Fremont High School.

    Josh Hill

    Pleasanton Unified School District

    Josh Hill was named Teacher of the Year for his work as a Biomedical Science teacher for Foothill High School.

    Starla Colburn

    San Leandro Unified School District

    Starla Colburn was named Teacher of the Year for her work as a Special Education teacher for Bancroft Middle School.

    ACOE is adjusting the Alameda County Teacher of the Year Awards in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent school closures: for the first time in 31 years, the event will be held virtually and ACOE will not be naming county-level Teacher of the Year honorees. In 2021, ACOE will name two county-level honorees from the combined 2020 and 2021 cohorts to be considered for California Teacher of the Year in 2021.

    On December 9, 2020 at 7:00pm, ACOE will stream a virtual Alameda County Teacher of the Year Awards ceremony celebrating the honorees. During this event, videos featuring each teacher will be premiered and honorees will be presented with an award.

    In addition to honoring the district Teachers of the Year, ACOE will also present Bridging the Distance Awards to teachers who have demonstrated innovation, creativity, compassion, care and a commitment to equity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    ACOE is accepting nominations from parents/guardians and students for Bridging the Distance Awards through the October 16, 2020 deadline:

    ACOE is committed to making each educator in Alameda County, whether an honoree or not, feel celebrated and valued through this program. With new traditions, expanded access to the virtual ceremony, and a focus on the remarkable and essential work of educators, this year’s celebration will be a memorable recognition for Alameda County's amazing educators.

    For more information on Teacher of the Year sponsorship opportunities, contact Laura Forrest at communications@acoe.org.