Sonoma County Office of Education

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11

05/07/2018 -

Teacher of the Year Rachel Ambrose with a StudentSCOE applauds Sonoma County’s 4,000+ teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11, with promotions recognizing local teachers. This year more than ever, teachers have played a critical role in fostering student success and building a resilient community after the fall wildfires.

Tune in to Mix 104.9 this week to hear our recognition of our county's excellent teachers. You can also listen online to our Teacher Appreciation Radio ad.

SCOE recently named Analy High School Teacher Rachel Ambrose as Sonoma County Teacher of the Year in a surprise announcement attended by local media and school officials. Petaluma High School Teacher Phil Tacata was celebrated as runner-up. Learn more about this celebration here.

SCOE is also celebrating the most recent Sonoma County Teacher of the Month through a promotion supported by KHITS 104.9, Community First Credit Union, and Platinum Chevrolet. Special Education Teacher Leslie Edmonds was surprised with this honor at a recent staff meeting. Learn more about Ms. Edmonds and the Teacher of the Month program here.

As well, a series of teacher appreciation posters on the back of Sonoma County Transit buses are now being displayed throughout Sonoma County. The posters include photographs of more than a dozen educators chosen to represent their colleagues for this promotional campaign. The teachers are from local middle and high schools SCOE special education programs. (Last year’s teacher appreciation week promotion featured elementary school teachers.)

“We wanted to bring Teacher Appreciation Week out into the community,” explains County Superintendent of Schools Steve Herrington. “I believe it’s important for all of us to let Sonoma County’s teachers know that they are appreciated and valued. They 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, listed on the sample display below.

A sample of a teacher appreciation bus sign