Last spring, Sac City Unified School District selected Ms.
Heidi Gaynor, a math teacher from Sutter Middle School, and Ms.
Seema Sokolis, a teacher from James Marshall Elementary School as
SCUSD’s Teachers of the Year. On Friday, August 30th, both were
recognized for their hard work and dedication during the
Sacramento County Office of Education Teacher of the Year
Ceremony. Below are brief bios of each and links to their
Parvin Keyanpour, an Adult Education Parent Participation
Preschool teacher at Edward Kelley Preschool, has been named
SCUSD’s Adult Education Teacher of the Year. Ms. Keyanpour has
been working as a preschool teacher in Adult Education for 20
years. Her commitment to the program goes beyond the classroom.
She also maintains the history and life around Edward Kelley
School. Ms. Keyanpour is a mentor, leader and friend for other
teachers in the program, caring for their needs in and out of the
classroom. On February 28, Mary Shelton and Dr. Susan
Gilmore surprised her at Edward Kelley with the announcement and
presented her with balloons.
Teacher finds niche in intensive intervention classes
In her senior year of high school, Tiffany Wilson’s parents were
in a terrible auto accident that required them to be hospitalized
for most of that school year. On her birthday, with her parents
in the hospital, Wilson’s English teacher, Mary Ann Paul, baked
her a carrot cake.
It was just a carrot cake, but the simple act of kindness turned
Tiffany Wilson away from her childhood aspirations to be a
scientist and toward her current career as an educator.
About Clayton Dagler:
In ninth grade, Clayton Dagler’s math teacher told him that he
shouldn’t aspire to higher level math classes. Maybe the teacher
was trying to do Dagler a favor. After all, the teenager did
suffer from dyslexia and had a hard time in the class.
Instead, that demeaning comment had the opposite effect, giving
Dagler the motivation to prove his teacher wrong. Instead of
quitting math, Dagler continued to take higher level classes,
eventually graduating from UC Davis with a mathematics degree.
Asa was also selected as Sacramento County Teacher of the Year.
Seven years ago, Asa Salley began his teaching career at John
Bidwell. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in
Multicultural Education. Salley continues to share his
knowledge with other educators by presenting at conferences, and
was a guest lecturer at UC Davis on “closing the achievement
gap.” “I try to take advantage of any opportunity to improve my
teaching so I can give my students the very best of myself,” he