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Department of Education
The Orange County Teachers of the Year (TOTY) program provides recognition for outstanding teachers in Orange County.
Each school district may nominate one to three teachers (depending on district size). Each community college may nominate one teacher per accredited college.
Candidates are honored at an annual recognition banquet hosted by the premier sponsor, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union.
The five Orange County finalists who teach pre-kindergarten through grade 12 are eligible to compete in the California Teachers of the Year program. 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 twenty applicants to evaluate the teachers' rapport with students, classroom environment, presentation skills, and teaching methods, among other criteria. A select group of up to ten teachers are interviewed by California Department of Education representatives. The State Superintendent then names five teachers as California Teachers of the Year.
Congratulations to Laura Gomez, a second grade teacher from Glenn L. Martin Elementary School in the Santa Ana Unified School District who was named by the California Department of Education as one of the five 2021 California Teachers of the Year. Allison Goodlander from Tustin Unified School District and Shelley Romanoff-Andros from Buena Park Unified School District were also named as finalists for the 2021 California Teachers of the Year.
For more information, visit:
California Department of Education News Release