Top Teachers & Employees Nominees Announced
Parenting OC announced on January 6 the final nominees for its 7th annual Parenting OC Top Teachers & Top School Employees of Orange County awards. School principals all over the county submitted over 200 essays in response to the call for nominations. The overall Top Teacher and Top Employee will be announced at the annual Top Teachers & Employees Awards Reception at Bowers Museum on February 5, 2020.
Principals were asked to submit their school’s top teacher and top employee, based on performance, passion and going above and beyond expectations. The Top 25 Teachers and Top 25 Employees of 2020–selected by a committee including former honorees and Parenting OC editorial staff–will also be featured in the February and March issues of the magazine.
“Of all the projects we do at Parenting OC, this annual awards is, to me, the most rewarding. Nobody is more deserving of recognition than the dedicated, talented and hard-working teachers and employees at our schools. It’s heart-warming to witness the reactions to being selected,” said Parenting OC Publisher and Editor-in-Chief.
Kim de Montmorency, a care and summer camp director at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Orange, was chosen as the 2019 Top School Employee. She credited the children she cares for as her inspiration. “I am ever in awe and joyfully surprised by our children on a daily basis,” said the 2019 Top Employee. “There is no greater joy than when a child feels empowered to make choices that directs them in positive life accomplishments.”
The Top Teacher winner of 2019, Jackie Leimkuhler of Heritage Oak Private Education, sees the award as confirmation of her sometimes out-of-box teaching style. “What this recognition means to me is that the risks I’ve taken in the classroom have paid off,” she said. Her innovative, interactive and engaging English lessons made her stand out to the committee.
Originally Top Teachers of OC (with Top Employees added in 2019), the acknowledgement started as a special issue in 2014. It became an awards show at Bowers Museum in 2017. The 2020 School Heroes recognition will make the 7th annual special issue and 4th awards show.
Tickets for the 2020 Awards Reception are available to all participating schools. Seating is limited and on a first come first serve basis. For more information contact Parenting of OC at 714-630-4510 x 6.
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Top Teacher & Employee Nominee Announcement Photos
Parenting OC is proud to share reaction photos of schools informing their teachers and employees that they have been nominated to be one of this year’s Top Teachers & Employees of Orange County. If your school would like to share your own announcement photos, email them to email@example.com and we will share them with everyone!