SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Unified School District Thursday named a third-grade teacher, a middle school technology instructor and a high school math educator as its 2014 Teachers of the Year.
Sara Church, a third-grade teacher at Dingeman Elementary in Scripps Ranch; Khamphet Pease, a technology teacher at Wilson Middle School in City Heights; and Ken Herschmann, a math teacher at Crawford High, will be honored at the district’s Day of the Teacher celebration on Tuesday at Lewis Middle School.
“The dedication of all our teachers to teach, to engage, to inspire and to care about our students amazes me,” said Superintendent Cindy Marten.
“Our three Teachers of the Year exemplify the remarkable work being done every day in classrooms across the district,” she said. “I am proud to work with such committed individuals who have dedicated their professional lives to doing what’s best for children.”
Runners-up, who will also be recognized by the Board of Education, were Margarita Idos, a first-grade teacher at Zamorano Fine Arts Academy; Dennis Gildehaus, a physical education instructor at Pacific Beach Middle School; and Jaimee Rojas, a ninth-grade humanities teacher at e3 Civic High.
Teacher of the Year candidates are selected by the staff members at their school and are then scrutinized by a panel that includes former teachers of the year.
San Diego Unified’s Teachers of the Year and runners-up are eligible to apply for county Teacher of the Year award, which is part of the process leading to the national Teacher of the Year. The county ceremony will be held this fall and is organized by the San Diego County Office of Education.
Tuesday’s celebration, which will also include recognition for Teachers of the Year at each San Diego Unified campus, is free and open to the public.