Parenting OC’s 2018 Top Teachers of Orange County Awards Reception returned to the Bowers Museum
in Santa Ana on the evening of February 7. Sponsored by SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, the annual event hosted 200 educators and school administrators with a reception of hors d’oeuvres and drinks before an awards ceremony that honored the top teachers of Orange County.
The awards commenced with a speech from keynote speaker Dr. Al Mijares, County Superintendent of Orange County schools. Parenting OC Publisher Randall Tierney and Editor Jackie Moe awarded the Top 25 Teachers and top five Family Favorite Teachers. Then, SchoolsFirst President Bill Cheney awarded the Top Teacher of the Year Award, a crystal statue shaped like an apple, to Donna Dowicki of Far Horizons Montessori School in Orange.
Beginning in October, Parenting OC opened up the nominations with two categories: Top Teachers, which are nominated by principals and school administrators, and Family Favorites, which are nominated by parents, students and teachers. After reading and evaluating over 100 nomination essays, a top 26 was chosen for the Top Teachers category. We received over 300 Family Favorite teacher nominations this year.
The Parenting OC team caravanned to the top 10 teachers’ schools to surprise them with the announcement that they were among the top teachers of Orange County. The top 10 Top Teacher award designations included: Creative Teacher of the Year, Project Based Educator of the Year, Special Needs Educator of the Year, Science Teacher of the Year, English Teacher of the Year, Educator with Dedication Award, Inspiring Educator of the Year, Global Teacher of the Year, Educator with Heart, Kindergarten Teacher of the Year, and, finally, the Top Teacher of the Year Award.
We are proud to honor this remarkable group of men and women teachers from public and private schools throughout Orange County. This year, we had a diverse range of educators, including teachers who work with the deaf and hard of hearing, at-risk teens, autism and special needs, and more. We look forward to continuing this annual tradition of providing a platform that honors the extraordinary educators in our county.
Top Teachers of Orange County 2018
Top Teacher 2018 Nominations – Coming Soon
Family Favorites 2018
Family Favorites 2018 Nominations – Coming Soon
Top Teachers 2018 Award Reception