San Diego County Office of Education announces Teachers of the Year

Five local educators were named San Diego County Teachers of the Year during the 28th annual “Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers,” sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU) in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE).

Jason Austell and Elizabeth Alvarez met with this year’s winners:

-Stephanie Glanz, Rose Elementary School, Escondido Union School District
-Sesha Haynes, Sweetwater High School, Sweetwater Union High School District
-Melissa Moreno, Rosebank Elementary School, Chula Vista Elementary School District
-Jose Villegas, Nestor Language Academy, South Bay Union School District
-Katie Wu, Westview High School, Poway Unified School District

The annual Academy Awards-style show – which was telecast live by Cox Communications from the Balboa Theatre – celebrates San Diego County’s 22,000 public school teachers, with a spotlight on 41 Teacher of the Year nominees representing districts in San Diego County. The 2018-19 County Teachers of the Year were selected from among those 41, who were nominated by their districts for their unwavering commitment to students, teaching, and lifelong learning.

The field was narrowed to 10 finalists. The finalists were selected based on student achievement, professional development and community involvement, teaching philosophy, knowledge of current issues in education, promotion and development of the teaching profession, accountability, and ability to serve as ambassadors of education.

The five Teachers of the Year will represent San Diego County in the California Teacher of the Year program. The state winners will be announced later this fall. Since 1974, 171 teachers have been named San Diego County Teacher of the Year. Of those, 22 were named California Teacher of the Year and three went on to be named National Teacher of the Year.

“This is an exceptionally dedicated and talented group of educators,” said County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. “While each has unique qualities that helped bring this recognition, they all believe in the power of connecting with students and community.”

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is inspiring and leading innovation in education so that all students can thrive in a future without boundaries. The County Office helps the county’s school districts operate efficiently and with significant cost savings by leveraging resources to perform personnel tasks and provide staff development and other services. With a focus on equity, innovation, and career technical education, SDCOE directly educates more than 3,000 students at more than 20 sites each year and provides support services to more than 500,000 students across 42 school districts. For additional information on how SDCOE is innovating education and working to guarantee all students graduate prepared for college, career, and life, visit

KUSI will re-air the show in November. For a complete listing of replay dates and times, go to

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