SCUSD’s Stephanie Smith wins county Teacher of the Year

e-Connections Post Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge Elementary School teacher Stephanie Smith is one of two area educators selected as Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2016.

The Sacramento County Office of Education announced the selection of Smith and Jennifer Ruby of the Robla School District during a recognition dinner earlier this month.

Smith teaches a third and fourth grade loop at Oak Ridge Elementary. She is a teacher consultant with the Area 3 Writing Project at UC Davis, a teacher presenter with the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project and a member of Oak Ridge’s School Garden Team.

By winning county Teacher of the Year, she is now eligible to advance to the statewide competition where five teachers will be chosen as California Teachers of the Year.

“When it was announced that I’d be representing not just our district but also the county of Sacramento as Teacher of the Year, I wished the entire staff of Oak Ridge Elementary could have be on the stage with me,” Smith said.

“Working with such talented teachers and supportive administrators for the past five years is what truly made this all possible. Add in the amazing projects, such as the Area 3 Writing Project, Parent Teacher Home Visit Project, and the Growing Together School Garden Initiative that equip me in so many ways as an educator, and that stage would have buckled!”

Congratulations Stephanie!