Sonoma County Office of Education

Teacher of the Month: Sarah Peterson

02/22/2022 -

Sarah Peterson, fifth-grade teacher at Sequoia Elementary School in Rincon Valley Union School District, has been named Sonoma County Teacher of the Month for January 2022.

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 107.9, HOT 101.7, and Community First Credit Union (CFCU).

“So many teachers have stepped up in incredible ways to support students and families during these unprecedented times,” 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 who have given so much of themselves and sacrificed so much to support students during the pandemic."

Miss Peterson received an impressive amount of nominations from students, parents, and colleagues. She was described as a bright, humorous, and engaging teacher who builds a personal connection with each of her students.

"This woman is absolutely incredible! Every day my child is engaged, happy, determined and striving to be the best version of herself because Miss Peterson inspires her. My daughter feels safe and accepted in her class due to the community her teacher has created for all students. There is no teacher more deserving of recognition than Miss P!!,” read one nomination.

Miss Peterson was surprised with the honor by representatives from SCOE and K-Hits 107.9/HOT 101.7 on Friday, Feb. 18, during the school’s outdoor morning announcements. She and all of the students at Sequoia Elementary were elated by the unanticipated celebration. Miss Peterson accepted the recognition with jubilation and warmth. She let the representatives know how much she enjoys teaching fifth-grade. Miss Peterson was given a special plaque and a $500 gift card for teacher resources and supplies as part of the recognition.

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