Student Competitions & Fundraising
Student Services Branch
  John Tarkany, Coordinator
5189 Verdugo Way
Camarillo, CA 93012
Ph: 805.437.1501
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Past Recipients:

2013:     Laura Todis of Sierra High School, Fillmore USD

2012:     Sebastian De Clerck of Ventura High School, Ventura USD and 2013 State Teacher of the Year

2011:     Peggy Walker of Newbury Park High School, Conejo Valley USD

2010b:   Kristine Guzman, Will Rogers Elementary, Ventura USD

2010:     Amber McPherson, Santa Paula High, Santa Paula UHSD

2009:     Susan Martinez, Pierpont Elementary, Ventura USD

2008:     Winnie Litten, Oak Park High, Oak Park USD

2007:     Alexander Wulff, Saticoy Elementary, Ventura USD

2006:     Sylvia Hobart Mack, Juanamaria Elementary, Ventura USD

2005:     Heidi Resnik, Pacifica High, Oxnard UHSD

2004:     Caron Battaglia, Westlake High, Conejo Valley USD

2003:     Jeri P. Philbrick, Oxnard High, Oxnard UHSD

2003:     County and State Winner: Tamara Thornell, Brekke Elementary, Oxnard Elementary SD

2002:     Annette Halpern, Santa Paula High, Santa Paula UHSD

2001:     Martha Alicia Barrett, Sierra Linda Elementary, Oxnard Elementary SD

2000:     Lorraine Nelson, Ventura USD

1999:     Robert Borneman, Oxnard High, Oxnard UHSD

1998:     Karen Biedebach, Ventura USD

1997:     Kristen K. Falde, Conejo Valley USD

1996:     Elaine Daugherty, Oxnard Elementary SD

1995:     Patty Peinado, Ventura USD

1994:     County and State Winner: Aline Yee Grossman, Ventura USD

1993:     Linda Brug, Ventura High, Ventura USD

1992:     Patricia L. Chaney, Ventura USD

1991:     Joanne Gorner, Conejo Valley USD

1990:     Donny Burrows, Oxnard UHSD

1989:     Melanie K. Ashen, Conejo Valley USD

1988:     Michale Krumpschmidt, Ojai USD

1987:     Margaret Blakelock, Moorpark USD

1986:     Bev Taylor-Godwin, Hueneme Elementary SD

1985:     Frances Johnson, Conejo Valley USD

1984:     Leslie Simonson Jr., Conejo Valley USD

1983:     Charles Andrews, Conejo Valley USD

1982:     Terry Ann Taylor, Oxnard UHSD

1981:     Joanne Black, Oxnard UHSD

1980:     Delores Rawlins, Oxnard UHSD

1979:     Barton J. Mozlin, Moorpark USD

1978:     Phil Otero, Rio Elementary SD

1977:     David Eubanks, Simi Valley USD

1976:     Meredith Moyers, Ventura USD

1975:     Wanda Dzuik, Mesa Union Elementary SD

1974:     Patricia Roe, Oxnard Elementary SD

1973:     Esther Schultheis, Simi Valley USD

   Teacher of the Year

Ventura County Educator of the Year

Ms. Lizabeth Hoppe; Charles Blackstock Middle School; Hueneme Elementary School District, Named 2014 Ventura County Educator of the Year!!!


2015 Educator of the Year Application (Deadline: May 1st, 2015)


The Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) invites school districts, charter schools, professional organizations, and private schools countywide to participate in the California Educator of the Year Program. This program highlights educational innovation, student learning, and the rewards of teaching. Further, the program attracts public attention to the positive aspects of our educational system.

In 1972, California began recognizing outstanding teachers. Thirty-two years later, this endeavor provides an arena for fostering the highly qualified teacher standard emphasized in the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The program results in the annual selection of five teachers statewide who reflect the diversity of our teachers and students. The process pays tribute to California's teaching force, the complexity of challenges that confront our schools, and the need to promote collaboration and teamwork to meet those challenges. While finding "the five best" teachers out of 300,000-plus may be next to impossible, the program strives to find five "of the best to represent the best."

Please help to identify and honor our county's exemplary and highly qualified teacher who will represent our students and schools at the state Teacher of the Year program.

The overall purpose of the California Teachers of the Year Program is to pay tribute to the tireless efforts of our state's outstanding teachers. In doing so, the program brings deserved recognition to the 300,000 California members of the teaching profession.

The program's goals are to:    

  • Identify and honor an exemplary and highly qualified teacher in Ventura County.
  • Select one teacher to serve as Ventura County’s Teacher of the Year who will effectively represent Ventura County at the state's Teacher of the Year Program.
  • Focus public attention on the positive accomplishments of Ventura County teachers and students.

A California Educator of the Year serves as an ambassador of the profession. As such, the teacher articulates the many ways that teachers contribute to the profession. He or she conveys, both orally and in writing, in person and through various media, ideas on current issues and challenges that confront the profession. The teacher responds meaningfully, thoughtfully, and concisely to concerns raised in public forums - concerns that range from specific (such as how to resolve a playground argument) to general statewide impact (such as credentialing requirements). The teacher may be asked to explain a specific program, instructional strategy, or activity that he or she has developed; how those efforts benefited students; and how the experiences might help other schools and teachers. A California Teacher of the Year may also be asked to conduct demonstration lessons or contribute to teacher recruitment efforts.

In past years, teachers have been called away from their classrooms for as many as 30 instructional days over a period of three to five years, and several days in following years. The teacher selected as the candidate to the National Teacher of the Year Program will attend a meeting in Dallas in January. The teacher's district will send him or her to a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. in the spring. If selected as National Teacher of the Year, the candidate would be required to be out of the classroom for a year of service following the award year in order to meet a rigorous schedule consisting of interviews, site visits, speeches, and other presentations around the nation. As noted on the application, the employer of each applicant selected is responsible for any costs associated with necessary release time without adversely affecting the applicant's salary or benefits.

Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility to the Ventura County Educator of the Year Program is limited to candidates who have been submitted to the Ventura County Office of Education by a school district, charter school, private school, or professional organization and that meet any of the following criteria:

  • Fully credentialed teachers in public or private schools who teach any of pre-kindergarten through grade twelve.
  • Library media teachers who collaboratively plan and teach with classroom teachers.
  • Teachers of adults who provide instruction in the same curriculum as those who teach in elementary or secondary grades.
  • Instructors who have some administrative responsibilities for whom teaching is the applicant's primary responsibility.
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