2017-2018 Teachers of the Year
Elizabeth Henrikson, a graduate of Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, has been a teacher with the Sacramento City Unified School District for 19 years. She began her teaching career at Freeport Elementary where she taught 4th grade for six years. Freeport is also where she met her husband, Mark. In 2004, she was presented with the opportunity to teach 7th grade at Sutter Middle School. For the past 13 years, she has thoroughly enjoyed teaching 7th grade language arts and history at Sutter and absolutely loves the energy that comes with teaching junior high. There isn’t a day that goes by that her students don’t make her laugh. Elizabeth lives in Elk Grove with her husband Mark and her 9-year-old twin boys Cameron and Andrew. In her free time during the school year, Elizabeth enjoys working out with friends, running, yoga, and going on walks with her boys and their family dog, Katie. During the summer months, she loves hiking, camping, and going on short trips to the lake or ocean with her family.
Rebecca Siegert McGill
Rebecca Siegert McGill has taught in the Sacramento City Unified School District for her entire 20-year teaching career. After moving from the Bay Area to attend college 25 years ago, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English, Teaching Credential, and Master of Arts in English from Sac State. While in the credential program, she began teaching at Sacramento High School, where she remained for six years before transferring to the Visual and Performing Arts Charter School (VAPAC) for two years. After VAPAC, she started at Rosemont High School, where she has taught for twelve years. Throughout the past two decades, Rebecca has taught all grades and levels of high school English, including Advanced Placement and Reading Intervention, and she also coordinates all of the Senior Projects at Rosemont and organizes graduation. Additionally, she is a co-founder and coordinator of Rosemont’s LEAD Program, which stands for Leadership and Enrichment through Academic Development. LEAD was founded in 2012 and combines a commitment to both the classroom and the community; students in the program challenge themselves by taking rigorous advanced classes while completing community service and designing service projects each year. Rebecca lives in College Greens with her husband Nate McGill, who is the principal of Phoebe Hearst Elementary School, and she has two daughters who attend SCUSD schools; Josephine will be in 1st grade next year at Phoebe Hearst, and Isabelle attends preschool at O.W. Erlewine Elementary School.