Sonoma County Office of Education

Teacher of the Year

California Teachers of the Year

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

The winner and finalist(s) are honored at a Sonoma County Office of Education event in the fall, and receive an award from sponsor Community First Credit Union.

The Sonoma County Teacher of the Year 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 20 applicants to evaluate the teachers' rapport with students, classroom environment, presentation skills, and teaching methods, among other criteria. A select group of up to 10 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

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Jackson Family Wines

Jackson Family Wines


For additional information, please contact Lacey Goff at 707-524-2605 or