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Information for 2020 District Teachers of the Year


April 3, 3 to 5 p.m.​

San Diego County Teachers of the Year 2020 Application Workshop

San Diego County Office of Education
Joe Rindone Regional Technology 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, Conference Room 2, 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 29.​

April 18, 4 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 single-sided and two double-sided 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 30, 3 to 5 p.m.

Interview Skills and Media Training

San Diego County Office of Education 
Annex C
6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111

RSVP to Nicole Shina by April 18.

May 3, 8, and 10

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, 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 17, 6 p.m. (confirmed time for check-in)

18th Annual Padres Educator Appreciation Night — Padres vs. Pirates,  7:10 p.m. game

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

View the Padres Educator Appreciation Night flyer. 

April through June (ongoing)  

In-Class Photo Session for A Salute to Teachers

A professional photographer from Cox Communications will visit your classroom to take photos of you and your students. These photos will be incorporated into the show. The approximately 45-minute photo session takes place during class time and can be scheduled ahead of time at a convenient day and time. You will receive an email with a form to fill out and indicate three preferred dates and time slots. Additional details will be provided once your session has been scheduled. Release forms can be distributed now to students to be ready by your scheduled session. 

Download a photo release form for students - English only

Downlaod a photo release form for students - English and Spanish double-sided  

May to June (exact dates to be announced)  

Videotaped Interview for A Salute to Teachers 

You, one adult (colleague or principal), and one student (former or current) will be scheduled to go to the Cox studios in Kearny Mesa for a videotaped interview with Carla Hockley, 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.​​ You will receive an email with a form to sign up to reserve a session. Additional details will be provided once your session has been scheduled. 

Sept. 6 (tentative time)

Rehearsal for A Salute to Teachers

County Teacher of the Year nominees will meet at the Balboa Theatre for the mandatory rehearsal for Saturday's Salute to Teachers event. Production staff will review the seating chart, what to do if your name is called, and answer any questions about the event. Event tickets will also be distributed. Light snacks will be provided.

Sept. 7, 7 p.m.

          Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers 

Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers, a televised event at the Balboa Theatre, and announcement of the five 2020 San Diego County Teachers of the Year. Doors open an hour before the show, and District Teachers of the Year must be in their seats 30 minutes before the show. 

2020 California Teachers of the Year Timeline (for the five 2020 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 winners.

Nicole Shina
Teacher of the Year Coordinator