Posters recognize Sonoma County teachers

04/05/2012 - Thank a Teacher Bus SignThe Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) has launched a countywide promotion to build community awareness of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11, and to showcase some of the exemplary teachers working in local public schools.

A series of “Thank a Teacher” posters on the back of Sonoma County Transit buses are now being displayed throughout Sonoma County. The posters include photographs of 16 educators chosen to represent their colleagues for this promotional campaign. The Sonoma County finalists for the state middle and high school Teacher of the Year program are featured, along with alternative and special education teachers from the Sonoma County Office of Education.

“We wanted to bring Teacher Appreciation Week out into the community,” explains County Superintendent of Schools Steve Herrington. “Schools and school employees have been battered by budget cuts and it’s important for all of us to let them know that they are appreciated and valued. Teachers are an essential part of our children’s lives and their work is key to the future of our communities.”

The bus poster project was coordinated by SCOE and supported by community partners, including Community First Credit Union, Kaiser Permanente, North Coast Builders Exchange, and the Fourteenth District PTA. Participating teachers are shown below.


Shirley Austin-Peeke, Adele Harrison Middle School
Ian Coleman, SCOE Special Education


Amy Cortese, Windsor High School
Joseph DiOrio, Healdsburg High School


Patrick Eagle, Rincon Valley Middle School
Kristi Erickson, Piner High School


Deborah Fitch, Petaluma High School
Lillian Fonseca, Healdsburg Junior High School


Steve Mitchell, Windsor Middle School
Stephanie Moore, Elsie Allen High School


Mary Pedersen, Maria Carrillo High School
John Quintrell, Montgomery High School


Rozlyn Sherbert, SCOE Amarosa Academy
Jolene Thinnes, Casa Grande High School


Judy Waller, SCOE Special Education
Norma Yukich, SCOE Special Education