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Information for 2018 District Teachers of the Year


April 5, 3 to 5 p.m.​

San Diego County Teachers of the Year 2018 Application Workshop

San Diego County Office of Education
Joe Rindone Regional Center Communications Labs
6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA  92111​

Nicole Shina will assist candidates in completing the application and discuss other Teacher of the Year activities. The workshop will also be available via videoconference at our North County Regional Education Center in San Marcos. Attendance is strongly encouraged. If you are unable to attend please send a representative (someone from your district who will help you complete the application). RSVP to Nicole Shina​ by March 31.​

April 19, 3:30 p.m.​

Application deadline for San Diego County Teachers of the Year

The application forms and instructions are available on the California Department of Education California Teachers of the Year website​.

Submit three completed applications (one original and two copies) in person or via mail to:​


San Diego County Office of Education
6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA  92111
Attn:  Nicole Shina, Special Programs Assistant – Room 404​

April 25, 3 to 5 p.m.

Interview Skills and Media Training

San Diego County Office of Education
6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111
Meeting location: Annex B 

RSVP to Nicole Shina by April 18.

May 5, 9, and 11

County Teachers of the Year Interviews 

County Teachers of the Year applicants who meet the CDE's eligibility requirements and the application technical requirements will be photographed and interviewed​ on one of these dates at the San Diego County Office of Education, room 301, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Teachers must contact Nicole Shina​ at 858-292-3850 to schedule their appointment. Please allow one hour for the interview.

​May 19, 6 p.m.​ (check-in time at Petco Park)

16th Annual Padres Teacher Appreciation Night—Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks,  7:10 p.m.

All District Teachers of the Year will be recognized on the field before the game. You will receive two complimentary tickets. Discounted tickets available for family and friends. See the event flier for pricing and purchase information. 

RSVP for your two complimentary tickets to Monica Ventura by May 12.  

June 1 to 7 

Video interview and photograph for Salute to Teachers 

You, one adult (colleague or principal) and one student (former or current) will be asked to come to the County Office of Education, for a videotaped interview with Carla Hockley from Channel 4 San Diego, producer of Salute to Teachers. Please select people who will be comfortable in front of the camera. You will also be photographed. The picture is a head shot and will be used for publicity purposes.​​

Sept. 16 ​, 8 p.m. (must be seated 30 min. before live show begins)  

"Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers," a televised event at the Balboa Theatre, and announcement of the five 2018 San Diego County Teachers of the Year. Doors open at 7 p.m.

2018 California Teachers of the Year Timeline (for the five 2018 County Teachers of the Year) 


County Offices of Education are contacted to arrange site visits for selected applications. Site visits are conducted by a team of teacher-observers. Selected applicants are interviewed by a state selection committee that includes the State Superintendent of Public Instruction or his designee. 


The State Superintendent makes the final selection and personally notifies the California Teachers of the Year. The California Department of Education​ publicly announces the winner.

Nicole Shina
Teacher of the Year Coordinator