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Congratulations to Hollie Campos, Teacher of the Month

05/03/2019 -

Hollie Campos stands in front of a crowd of students after being honoredHollie Campos, a teacher at Technology High School in Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, has been named Sonoma County Teacher of the Month for April 2019.

The monthly award honors one of Sonoma County's most outstanding teachers from October through May. It is sponsored by the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), K-HITS 104.9, and Community First Credit Union (CFCU), with additional support from Platinum Chevrolet and Bernstein Orthodontics.

“We need high-quality, caring teachers now more than ever to help our students thrive in a complex and ever-changing world,” said Steven D. Herrington, Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools. “The Teacher of the Month program this year seeks to honor, support, and thank those teachers."

Numerous heartfelt nominations from students, parents, and colleagues alike poured in for Ms. Campos this spring. They described Ms. Campos as a dedicated teacher who inspired the best in her students, helping them thrive academically as well as fostering their leadership and citizenship skills.

One student's nomination read, "Teaching is not an easy job, especially when you have to tolerate a bunch of stinky high school students. Personally, I could never feel grateful enough for every hug, smile, and piece of advice from this wonderful woman...She has never been "just a teacher." In fact, her presence as both our Associated Student Body Advisor and an English teacher to English 10 and 12, as well as Language and Composition, has motivated her students to stick through even the hardest days and prove that it was worth the struggle." Another student wrote, "First of all she is more than a teacher, she is the most wonderful and kind teacher. She doesn't just give the class lectures and work sheets. She teaches us true life skills, how to become leaders, and how to spread kindness to others. We also learn people skills and how to do a proper handshake and not a fish one that will give the people you're meeting a weak impression of you. She truly wants to teach us how to suceed in this world and live with kindness, which if you look at how things have been recently, everyone should spread a little more kindness."

A delegation of representatives from SCOE, K-HITS, and Technology High School surprised Ms. Campos with the recognition during a school assembly on Friday, May 3.

Campos and her familyMs. Campos's students cheered enthusiastically and began chanting her name when the honor was announced and spontaneously began playing music. Her husband and two children were there to help celebrate as well. Ms. Campos also received a plaque and $600 classroom supply gift card.

Learn more and nominate a special teacher in your life by going to sonomacountyteacher.com.