Sonoma County Office of Education

Lynne Moquete honored as Teacher of the Month

11/30/2016 -

Congratulations to Casa Grande Teacher Lynne Moquete, winner of the first ever Teacher of the Month award sponsored by the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), Mix 104.9, and Community First Credit Union (CFCU). This new award honors one of Sonoma County's most outstanding teachers each month from October through May.

Community members nominate a favorite teacher to Mix 104.9. Then SCOE and CFCU select a winning teacher based on the number of nominations received for that teacher as well as the quality of the nominations. Winners receive a plaque, recognition on Mix 104.9, and a $400 gift card for classroom supplies, courtesy of Platinum Chevrolet.

In the first month of the contest, nearly 60 nominations were received. It was a difficult choice, as many of nominations were incredibly moving. It's clear that Sonoma County has a wealth of amazing teachers. However, Ms. Moquete, who teaches the unique Human Interaction class at Casa Grande High School, received more than one third of all the nominations—most of them from her students.

One student described her as "the strongest person I have ever met." Another student raved, "she does everything she can in and out of the classroom to make the lives of her students richer and greater." And yet another student wrote, "I'd nominate her for Teacher of the Year, Teacher of the Decade, or Teacher of the World if I could! She is the most loving, caring person and teacher."

"As a community, we should be proud of our teachers and what they do," said Steve Herrington, Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools. "It's an honor to participate with Community First Credit Union and Mix 104.9 in recognition of our teachers and their service to the students of Sonoma County."

David Williams, VIce President of Marketing and Human Resources at CFCU, added, “Community First was founded as the Sonoma County Schools Credit Union, so putting teachers on the pedestal where they belong is nothing new to us. We are a PROUD local sponsor!”

Dr. Herrington encouraged anyone who knows a wonderful teacher to submit their name, along with an explanation of why they deserve the honor, at the Teacher of the Month page on Mix 104.9. He also encouraged the public to stay tuned for November's winner, who will be announced shortly!