Educators Honored

October 26, 2018

LAKE COUNTY, CALIF (October 26, 2018) – The Lake County Office of Education (LCOE) honored several local educators Saturday, October 20, 2018 during their 24th Annual Lake County Educator of the Year Awards Dinner at Buckingham Clubhouse in Kelseyville.

Administrators and teachers from five of the six Lake County schools districts and LCOE presented commendations to the honorees on behalf of the Honoree’s District, the Lake County Office of Education, Congressman Thompson and Congressman Garamendi.

The California Department of Education (CDE) recently selected Lake County Teacher of the Year, Erica Boomer, Upper Lake High School Ag Teacher, as one of five California Teachers of the Year. LCOE acknowledged Boomer with a plaque.  Jessica Stillman of Community First Credit Union presented Boomer with a check for $1,500.

Boomer competed with four other Lake County teachers for the title of Lake County Teacher of the Year in May 2018, representing Upper Lake Unified School District. She then represented Lake County at the California Teacher of the Year competition, leading to her recognition as one of the top educators in the state of California.

Brock Falkenberg, Lake County Superintendent of Schools recognized Sarah Fuchs, Athletic Director at Lower Lake High School as the “Lake County Champion of Education” for her work in organizing the opening of the Lower Lake High School shelter during the Mendocino Complex Fire in July and August 2018.

Falkenberg explains, “Sarah led the effort to open Lower Lake High School as an evacuation shelter. Due to several fires in other parts of the state and nation, staffing from support organizations was not immediately available. Sarah had the courage to step up and coordinate a team of volunteers consisting of school staff, parents, and students to operate the shelter until support staffing could be mobilized. 

Falkenberg adds, “Under Sarah’s leadership the shelter swelled to a population of over 850 evacuees, the largest evacuation center ever operated in Lake County. Sarah is an outstanding example of Lake County educators stepping up to take leadership roles to meet our community’s needs.”

The 2018 Lake County Educator of the Year Honorees include:

  • Erica Boomer, Upper Lake High School, Lake County and California Teacher of the Year
  • Traci Snider, Upper Lake Unified Classified Employee of the Year
  • Keely Antoni, Kelseyville Unified Teacher of the Year
  • Bonnie Hoeck, Kelseyville Unified Classified Employee of the Year
  • Kathleen Hayes, Konocti Unified Teacher of the Year
  • Olivia Jaramillo-Campos, Konocti Unified Classified Employee of the Year
  • Ana Goff, Lakeport Unified Teacher of the Year
  • Schad Schweitzer, Lakeport Unified Classified Employee of the Year
  • Joel Miller, Lake County Office of Education Classified Employee of the Year
  • Shaun Roderick, Middletown Unified Teacher of the Year
  • Sarah Fuchs, Lake County Champion of Education

Jennifer Kelly, Science Teacher from Middletown High School and Alan Siegel, Social Science/Media Teacher at Carle Continuation School in Clearlake were also on hand. Kelly and Siegel were previous Lake County Teachers of the Year, who were recognized as California Teachers of the Year by the California Department of Education (CDE).

Community First Credit Union and Steele Wines were sponsors of the event.

The CDE will honor Boomer as a California Teacher on December 10, 2018 in Sacramento. Kelly and Siegel will also be attending the CDE event in December.


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