Sonoma County Office of Education

Teacher of the Year


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 check from event sponsor Community First Credit Union, and receives tickets to the Santa Rosa Symphony. A runner-up is also honored at the kick-off and receives a $2,000 check.

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. 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