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2023 Orange County Teachers of the Year

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Orange County is home to some of the nation's best teachers, and we are proud to recognize our finest educators each year.​​

​On May 10, 2022, the 2023 finalists were surprised in their classrooms. Visit the OCDE Newsroom for all the details: OCDE makes surprise visits to announce the 2023 Orange County Teachers of the Year.


Congratulations to Ben Case from Irvine Unified School District on being selected by the California Department of Education as a 2023 California Teachers of the Year. Ben is one of five teachers throughout California who received this honor. In addition, Jamie Morgan from Savanna School District was named as a finalist for the 2023 California Teacher of the Year program.​​

Click the image above to view the 2023 videos

Ben Case

Northwood High School

Irvine Unified School District

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Tracy Dawson

Arnold O. Beckman High School

Tustin Unified School District

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Emily Liu, Ph.D.

Irvine Valley College

South Orange County Community College District

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Jamie Morgan

Cerritos Elementary School

Savanna School District​

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Sergio Sanabria

Marco Forster Middle School

Capistrano Unified School District

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Jill Summerhays

Plavan Elementary School

Fountain Valley School District