Here’s something nifty to get your mind off budget cuts: Two San Diego County teachers were named among the five California Teachers of the Year today, and one will go forward as the California nominee for National Teacher of the Year. The press release from the California Department of Education includes some more details:

  • Kelly Kovacic teaches social studies at The Preuss School, an intensive college preparatory school (and a charter school) for low-income student populations that is located on the University of California San Diego (UCSD) campus in La Jolla (San Diego Unified School District). She also was selected as California’s nominee for the prestigious National Teacher of the Year competition.
  • Melanie Tolan teaches English-language arts, history, and physical education at the Sarah Anthony School in San Diego (Juvenile Court and Community Schools n San Diego County Office of Education).

O’Connell said, “I am delighted that Kelly Kovacic is representing California at the national level. Ms. Kovacic is an exceptionally knowledgeable and effective teacher. She demonstrates an unparalleled passion and commitment to her students and school community that extends beyond the school day and the school yard.”


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