Melanie Tolan and Kelly Kovacic, California Teachers of the Year and
also two of the five teachers named 2010 San Diego County Teachers of
the Year, recently stopped by the Clear Channel Radio offices to sit
down with Mark Zegan from AM 600 KOGO.
Tolan, who works for the Juvenile Court and Community Schools, and
Kovacic, of the The Preuss School at UCSD, discussed important issues
facing public schools, as well as some of the biggest influences on
In addition to her county and state honors, Kovacic was also named as
the state’s sole representative in the United States Teacher of the Year
program. A social studies teacher extraordinaire who teaches 11th and
12th graders at Preuss, Kovacic will travel to Washington D.C. April
26-30, with three other national Teacher of the Year finalists, for
United States Teacher of the Year announcement.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will make the
Teacher of the Year announcement in a White House ceremony with the
teachers. While in Washington, Kovacic and the other teachers will also
dine at the home of Vice President Joe Biden.