Sonoma County Office of Education

Teacher of the Year

Sonoma County Teacher Named California Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to Katya Robinson, a teacher with the West Sonoma County Special Education Consortium, who has been named a California Teacher of the Year for 2020! Learn more.

Nomination deadline extended to: APRIL 30, 2020!!

The Sonoma County Teacher of the Year program provides recognition for outstanding teachers in our county.

The winner is honored at the annual Administrators’ Kickoff event at the Sonoma County Office of Education, receives a $3,000 award from event sponsor Community First Credit Union, tickets to the Santa Rosa Symphony and a token of appreciation from Jackson Family Wines. A finalist is also honored at the kick-off and receives a $2,000 award.

California Teachers of the Year

The top Sonoma County finalist will work with SCOE’s Teacher of the Year coordinator to apply for the California Teacher of the Year award. SCOE is looking to recognize a teacher who is an exemplar of masterful teaching who would participate in the state application process. This prestigious statewide competition involves county offices of education nominating winners from their regional Teachers of the Year competitions. A state selection committee then reviews candidates' applications and conducts site visits for up to twenty applicants to evaluate the teacher’s rapport with students, classroom environment, presentation skills, and teaching methods, among other criteria. A select group of up to ten teachers are interviewed at the California Department of Education in Sacramento. The State Superintendent then names five teachers as California Teachers of the Year.

Event Sponsors

Community First Credit Union

Community First Credit Union Logo

Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony Logo

Jackson Family Wines

Jackson Family Wines


For additional information, please contact Kimberly Vallee at (707) 524-2603 or