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Central Valley’s 2017/18 Educators of the Week

In the Central Valley we pride ourselves on growing our community. One of the keys ways our valley can continue to rise is through education. Educators play such an important role in shaping the minds of the next generation. That is why KSEE24 celebrates 36 educators a year with Educator of the Week.

“Our KSEE24 Educator of the Week series is now in its seventh year and we’ve had the privilege of honoring over 250 exemplary educators since its inception.

It’s been said that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  No matter whether you’re a parent, a student or an employer, there is no doubt that education is transformative and is key to generating more college and career ready graduates.  It’s a difference maker for our community and region; it’s a difference maker for each student.

Many factors contribute to a student’s academic performance, including individual characteristics and family and neighborhood experiences. But research proves that, among school-related factors, teachers matter most.

Great teachers create great outcomes and that’s why KSEE24 is proud to spotlight stories of excellence in education and the impact in our community.  There are so many great stories across the Central Valley.  At KSEE24, we know that Education Matters.”

– Matthew Rosenfeld, Vice President & General Manager for KSEE-NBC 24 / KGPE-CBS 47

At the end of the academic year, KSEE24 honors the Educator of the Week recipients at the Kremen School of Education and Human Development’s Teachers and Friends of Education Honor Wall. During the celebration, each recipient receives a commemorative brick on the Teachers Honor Wall along with a gift card to GW School Supply.

2017-2018 Educator of the Week Recipients

Jennifer Ayon, Sutter Middle School

Christopher Ballesteros, Edison High School

Joe Barron, Fresno High School

Fran Billingsley, Mary Immaculate Queen School

Elizabeth Boles, Sunset Elementary

Carrie Booker, Veva Blunt Elementary School

Shannon Chan, Veva Blunt Elementary School

Michelle Chavez, Homan Elementary

Kari Christiansen, Lincoln Elementary

Ken Cox, Redwood High School

Diane De La Cerda, Lowell Elementary

Jill Dechance, Crestwood Elementary School

Danielle Dickie, Hoover High School

Megan Dorais, Clovis High School

Tarek Elsharkawy, Golden West High School

Cindy Escandon, Biola-Pershing Elementary

Toney Gorham, Mariposa County High School

Madison Hopkins, Cedarwood Elementary

Chad Hudson, Ericson Elementary

Deena Johnson, Red Bank Elementary

Thomas Loliva, Golden West High School

Bryant Major, Lawless Elementary

Mary Mensch, Howard Elementary School

Brian Nuzzolese, Edison High School

Sandra Padilla, Sycamore Valley Academy

Chelsea Parker, Pyle Elementary

Maria D. Rodriguez, Riverway Elementary School

David Sackrison, Mendota Junior High School

Rebecca Silvas, Monache High School

Wendy Smith, Dry Creek Elementary

Bill Turner, Chowchilla Union High

Anita Ullner, Manchester GATE

Ricardo Vezzolini, Manchester GATE

Michael  Wilson, La Joya Middle School

Justin Witt, El Diamante High School

Carlos Zuniga, Clovis North High School

Teachers and Friends of Education Honor Wall

If you know an educator that you would like to honor with a commemorative brick, visit for more information.

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