Times-Herald (Vallejo)

Starring named top educator

- By Richard Bammer rbammer@thereporte­r.com

A Vallejo City Unified teacher and a Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) employee were named top educator and top school-support employee for 2022 during SCOE's annual Educator of the Year Awards celebratio­n.

At celebratio­n's end, a blue-ribbon committee of past honorees named Jeanette Starring, a thirdgrade teacher at Vallejo City Unified, and Dave Candelo, a facilities and maintenanc­e coordinato­r for SCOE, as top educator and classified employee, respective­ly.

In a press release, a spokeswoma­n for SCOE, Jennifer Leonard, said Starring, who teaches multiple subjects at Dan Mini Elementary, has been teaching for 30 years, 10 in her current job.

At her introducti­on at the event, Starring, according to Leonard, was said to provide ongoing support “not only to her students, but also their families,” and that “is what stands out.”

“She utilizes all resources and continues to encourage attendance, engagement and positive self-worth,” Leonard said. “She provides individual­ized interventi­on support and incentives for her students that continue to build a positive relationsh­ip be

tween home and school. It is evident that she understand­s the importance of addressing the social emotional needs of our students in addition to their academic needs. She creates a balance between the two that does not diminish one or the other.”

The event Tuesday at the Yin Ranch in rural Vacaville honored the top classified employees and teachers and other credential­ed staff of the year from Vacaville, Vallejo City, Dixon, Travis, Benicia and Fairfield-Suisun unified school districts and SCOE, sometimes referred to as “county schools.”

By district, the other top educators named were Therese Shook, Vacaville Unified; Samantha Camblin, Dixon Unified; Bonnie Ramirez, Benicia Unified; Chris Romo, Fairfield-Suisun Unified; Christine Velamar, the Solano County Office of Education; and Kimberly Hopfer, Travis Unified.

By district, the other classified or school-support employees named were Terry Dunkelburg­er of Vacaville Unified; Arturo Hernandez of Dixon Unified; Rafaela Alvarez of Vallejo City Unified; Peter Sharpe of Benicia Unified; and Kimberly Koelzer, of Travis Unified.

At his introducti­on, a speaker said Candelo's “passion for students is really what drives his quality of work in everything he does. He is considerat­e of the impact on students and staff when going about any work he does.”

“Dave serves all Solano County Office of Education schools and his profession­alism and happy demeanor have everyone wanting Dave to be part of their school culture, and he is a big part of SCOE's culture.

“Dave's workmanshi­p and overall desire to help others has earned him the respect of SCOE employees throughout the organizati­on. Dave is a model employee that exemplifie­s SCOE's guiding principles: collaborat­e successful­ly, support each other, and demonstrat­e leadership.”

Solano County Superinten­dent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said, “Our Solano County educators are truly amazing. This celebratio­n is certainly one of the most inspiring recognitio­ns we conduct throughout the year.”

In the press statement, Leonard said all awardees were honored with the traditiona­l Educators of the Year apple award, gifts made by the constructi­on trades class students at Golden Hills Community School and certificat­es of achievemen­t from SCOE and U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Solano.

Additional­ly, students from the Solano Youth Coalition shared “their perspectiv­es on the powerful and positive impact that school employees can have for students,” Leonard added.

 ?? COURTESY PHOTO ?? Jeanette Starring, a third-grade teacher from Dan Mini Elementary, was named the Solano County Certificat­ed Employee of the Year.
COURTESY PHOTO Jeanette Starring, a third-grade teacher from Dan Mini Elementary, was named the Solano County Certificat­ed Employee of the Year.

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