BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Starting May 4 Kern County Superintendent of Schools will kick off Teacher Appreciation Week by honoring Kern County's 54 Teacher of the Year honorees through a series of videos posted at 8 a.m. May 4-6.
The videos will be posted on their website their social media platforms and on the Kern Educational Television Network, Spectrum Ch.15 in Bakersfield.
The campaign will end May 8 at 2 p.m. when Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mary C. Barlow, names two Kern County Teachers of the Year.
The pair will then be eligible to apply for the California Teacher of the Year honor later in the year.
All Kern County Teacher of the Year district nominees are honored at a ceremony held at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, however, due to the COVID-19, this year’s ceremony was canceled.
“While we were unable to gather in one location to celebrate the district honorees this year, we felt strongly that it was important that we continued the celebration in this new format,” said Malaika Bryant, director, Educator Development and Data Support at KCSOS. “The opportunity to honor and celebrate these teachers who represent Excellence in Teaching takes on additional significance in these unprecedented times.”
California Department of Education sponsors the annual California Teacher of the Year program.
The program is sponsored locally by Valley Strong Credit Union and Point Loma Nazarene University.