The Sebastopol Rotary Education Foundation has selected its three West County Teachers of the Year as Jeff Stucker of Brook Haven School, Karen McKenna of Twin Hills Middle School and Jolene Johnson from El Molino High School.
Sebastopol Rotary has a 30-year commitment to supporting public education in west county and since 2008 has recognized teachers for their quality of work and commitment to their local schools.
Recipients this year were:
Jeff Stucker, who teaches sixth grade English and world history at Brook Haven. He organized an “adopt a highway” clean up project, so that students now have responsibility for keeping a part of the Bodega Highway tidy for motorists and cyclists. He is also the adviser to the school’s Interact Club, has served as coach for various athletic teams and serves on the curriculum committee, the strategic planning team and the school site council.
Karen McKenna, who teaches sixth grade English and history at Twin Hills. She is credited with balancing high standards and fun for her students while employing cutting edge classroom techniques. She said she focuses on instilling a “growth mindset” to convince them that they can learn.
Jolene Johnson, a dance teacher at El Molino High School. She said she “teaches dance as a way of life,” bringing nutrition education and regular dance-related writing assignments to her course material.
Each of the winners received a $1,000 check from Rotary for their personal use.
— Submitted by Hal Kwalwasser