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Several Counties Name Teachers of the Year in Fall

National University Alumni have already taken honors in San Diego, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

Autumn is the time of year when many counties across California name their teachers of the year, and several National University alumni are usually among their ranks.

From late August through October, Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego Counties select their premier educators, and recommend one for consideration as California Teacher of the Year. Initiated in 1972, the California Teachers of the Year Program honors the best among 300,000 dedicated professionals throughout the state, recognizing those who are exceptional at fostering and advancing academic success and bringing parity to a diverse spectrum of students.

To date, seven National University Alumni have earned this prestigious distinction, including Darin Curtis (San Diego, CA) – 2010-2011; Lewis Chappelear (Los Angeles Co.) – 2007-2008; Gregory McFall (Orange Co.) – 2007-2008; Tamara Reina (San Diego Co.) – 2007-2008; Alan Sitomer (Los Angeles Co.) – 2006-2007; Jan Mongoven (San Diego Co.) – 2000-2001; and Sandra McBrayer (San Diego Co.) – 1994-1995.

Many of these individuals, in turn, represent California in the National Teacher of the Year program, which began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program focusing public attention on excellence in teaching. The National Teacher of the Year is chosen from State Teachers of the Year by a national selection committee representing major national education organizations. Each April, that special teacher is introduced to the American people by the President of the United States. One alumna, Sandra McBrayer, took the title of National Teacher of the Year in 1994.

The 2012 Sacramento County Teachers of the Year were announced on Wednesday, August 31 at a recognition banquet. The two winners, Nicole Naditz and Robert Brewer, are not National University alumni. Past winners however, include alumni Shannan Brown – 2010-2011; Jeannette Providence – 2007-2008; and Chris Hoover (Schlueter) – 2004-2005.

 The 2012 Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year were named on Friday, September 23 at an awards ceremony at the Hilton Universal Hotel. Since 1998-1999, 38 National University alumni have held this title, including California Teachers of the Year Lewis Chappelear and Alan Sitomer.

The 2012 San Diego County Teacher of the Year nominees were named on October 1. Of the 45 candidates, 12 were identified as National University alumni. The winners were named at an awards ceremony on Saturday, October 1 at the Balboa Theater downtown, and two alumni (Mark Borroughs and Alicia McBride) were honored as 2011-2012 San Diego County Teachers of the Year. For more information, click here.

Since 1994-1995, 15 National University alumni have held this title, including California Teachers of the Year Darin Curtis, Tamara Reina, Jan Mongoven and Sandra McBrayer.

The 2012 Fresno County Teachers of the Year program gala is scheduled for Tuesday, November 1 at the William Saroyan Theater. Past winners include alumni Neriada Barba – 2008-2009; and Anothony Ayerza – 1996-1997.

Many other counties, such as Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties have already named their Teachers of the Year, and in those counties specifically, four National University alumni have been honored this year. For more information, click here.