Sara Matthews' students at Sarah Anthony School didn't seem surprised to find out she was named Teacher of the Year.
When she received the recognition for the Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS), many of the students broke into cheers of "We love you Teacher Sara." They also shared testimonials about how her teaching and high expectations of them have changed their lives.
One young woman even stated, "I have only been here one day and I've learned more in that time from Teacher Sara than I have in all my past schools combined."
They have even more reason to cheer now that she has been named the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) District Teacher of the Year.
Matthews was nominated by her peers for her commitment to service and leadership on behalf of improving student learning and achievement. She will go on to participate in the San Diego County Teacher of the Year competition in October.
She has been with the JCCS team for eight years and currently works with students in the Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility, focusing on science.
"I am currently working on what I hope to be my greatest contribution for bringing the concept of Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering (BEWiSE) to Sarah Anthony," she said. "The focus is combating the underrepresentation of women in science and engineering fields by bringing in volunteers and professionals in the field to inspire."
On May 2, Sara and the other district teachers of the
year will be called down onto the baseball field at the start of the San
Diego Padres game as part of A Salute to Teachers. After the game, the
Padres Point of View television show will focus on Matthews and will
include a testimonial from a former student.