A transitional kindergarten teacher from Atwater and a library clerk from Delhi took top honors at the 12th annual Merced County Excellence in Education Awards at the Merced Theatre this week, the Merced County Office of Education announced.
Carrie O’Bara, who teaches at Peggy Heller Elementary School in Atwater, is Merced County’s Teacher of the Year and Marisela Picazo from Harmony Elementary School in Delhi is the county’s School Employee of the Year.
School districts submit teachers and school employees for the awards program and representative from local government, K-12 and higher education serve as the selection committee.
There were five nominees for school employee of the year and seven nominees for teacher of the year.
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Full list of district nominees:
Carrie O’Bara Atwater Elementary School District
Cara Holland Delhi Unified School District
Mary Henderson Dos Palos-Oro Loma Joint Unified School District
Tuckie Burgess Merced County Office of Education – Special Education
Stephen Eccles Merced Union High School District
Jenny Mendoza Preschool – Merced County Office of Education
Dawna McCreary Weaver Union School District
Mary Monroe Atwater Elementary School District
Marisela Picazo Delhi Unified School District
Fernando Maciel Le Grand Union High School District
Jennifer M. Campos Merced County Office of Education – Human Resources
Donna L. Bandoni Merced Union High School District