Outstanding educators from North and South County who received the 2015 Venoco, Inc. Crystal Apple Educator Awards will be honored at the annual Education Celebration sponsored by the Teachers Network of the Santa Barbara County Education Office on May 21 at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton.
Nominated for this award by their peers, the Venoco, Inc. Crystal Apple Educator Award recipients are recognized for their dedication, their instructional and motivational skills, their ability to challenge and inspire students, and their ability to interact with students, staff, and members of the local community.
Each year, school employees, parents, and students are invited to nominate educators they feel have provided exceptional service to students. Venoco, Inc. Crystal Apple Educators receive a special crystal apple plaque and a $500 stipend, provided by the program sponsor, Venoco, Inc.
“We are so pleased to be able to acknowledge the exceptional work of these outstanding educators,” said County Superintendent Bill Cirone, whose office coordinates the program. “They represent the hundreds of professionals working day in and day out to make a difference for the students of Santa Barbara County.”
“Venoco is proud to acknowledge the exceptional accomplishments of this year’s Crystal Apple honorees,” said Marybeth Carty, Community Partnership Manager for Venoco, Inc. “This peer nominated award allows us to recognize the best of the best, and express our thanks for the daily dedication and faith our local educators apply to the supremely important task of helping our children thrive.”
This year’s Crystal Apple winners are:
Elementary Teacher: Estela Montes, LUSD Language Academy, Lompoc Unified School District
Classified Employee: Theresa Sanchez, Ontiveros Elementary, Santa Maria-Bonita Unified School District
Secondary Teacher: Cynthia Boortz, Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
Certificated Support Provider: Terri Noe, Manzanita Charter, Santa Barbara County Education Office
Administrator: Olivia Bolaños, Santa Maria-Bonita SD, Santa Maria-Bonita Unified School District
Elementary Teacher: Jan Marie Silk, Carpinteria Family School, Carpinteria Unified School District
Secondary Teacher: Michael Kiyoi, San Marcos High, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Classified Employee: Cindy Husted, Aliso School, Carpinteria Unified School District
Certificated Support Provider: Elizabeth Christen, San Marcos High, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Administrator: Jamie Persoon, Canalino Elementary, Carpinteria Unified School District