Alumni Spotlights

8 Sac State Alums named Teachers of the Year


Exciting news for the Sacramento State College of Education – eight of the 15 Teachers of the Year chosen by Sacramento-area school districts for 2018 are alumni of the college’s teacher preparation programs.

One of the honorees, Rebecca Siegert McGill, was selected as the Sacramento County Teacher of the Year, and nominated for state-level recognition. Ultimately, California nominates one teacher to the National Teacher of the Year program sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

"The College of Education faculty, staff, and administration are very proud of these graduates and their accomplishments," said Dean Alexander "Sasha" Sidorkin. "We know they, and many alumni like them, make a difference every day in the lives of children in our region."

2018 Alumni Teachers of the Year

The alumni teachers chosen by Sacramento-area school districts are:

  • Rebecca Siegert McGill, ’97, Rosemont High School, Sacramento City Unified School District. Rebecca teaches AP English, English 12P, and is LEAD Program and Senior Project Coordinator.
  • Sara Meece, ’04, California Montessori Project (American River), Charter Schools Association. Sara teaches 7th and 8th grade math and science.
  • Jennifer Hilleary, ’04, Florin High School, Elk Grove Unified School District. Jennifer teaches Beginning & Intermediate EL, Social Science, SDAIE US History, Women’s Studies, EL Coordinator, and Men’s Varsity Head Soccer Coach.
  • Elsa Lyon, ’00, Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School, Elk Grove Unified School District. Elsa teaches the 7th–8th Grade Looped Class (Humanities and Honors Humanities).
  • Stephen Wright, ’86, ’06, Isleton Elementary School, River Delta Unified School District. Stephen teaches Kindergarten.
  • Christine Teachout, ’04, Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary School, San Juan Unified School District. Christine teaches the 5th–6th Grade Looped Class.
  • Laura Bingham, ’88, Regency Park Elementary School, Twin Rivers Unified School District. Laura teaches Kindergarten.
  • Michael Hilmon Cook, Jr., ’02, Grant Union High School, Twin Rivers Unified School District. Michael teaches World & US History.

See video interviews with each teacher, along with the full list of teachers nominated by Sacramento-area districts, on the SCOE website.


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