Pleasanton Weekly

News - May 29, 2009

Debbie Harvey named teacher of the year

Consumer and family studies teacher has taught in PUSD since 1990

Amador Valley High School teacher Debbie Harvey has been named teacher of the year and will be up for the Alameda County teacher of the year in October.

Called "Mama Harvey" by her students, the consumer and family studies teacher has been in the Pleasanton Unified School District since 1990, first teaching for six years at Pleasanton Middle School.

Her classes are said to offer the opportunity for practical application for math, reading and writing skills, as well as the development of time-management, organization, cooperation and interpersonal skills. Her catering class has also served at student, district and city events.

In addition to classroom duties, she has been department chair, participated in the school's accreditation process and is the representative to the Tri-Valley Educational Collaborative, as well as being active in 4-H and Future Farmers of America.

--Emily West

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