Alameda County Teachers of the Year to be named today

Amador Valley High teacher among candidates vying for recognition

A Pleasanton teacher is among the educators vying for this year's Alameda County Teachers of the Year award that will the announced today in a Castro Valley ceremony.

Tony Dennis, Teacher of the Year for the Pleasanton Unified School District and a teacher at Amador Valley High School, is among 18 candidates in the running for the award, two of whom will be selected as the county's Teacher of the Year to proceed to the state competition.

The Alameda County Office of Education said the winners will be announced in a ceremony Thursday at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts.

A Pleasanton teacher for 13 years, Dennis is the lead teacher of STEM-themed program Project Lead the Way at Amador Valley High.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 1, 2015 at 8:37 am

Tony Dennis is a real treasure for this Pleasanton community. He does a lot for kids outside of school as well as during class time. I hope he gets recognition for being a great teacher.

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Posted by Herb Ritter
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Oct 2, 2015 at 8:05 am

Congrats to my friend of 28 years. Well deserved. Tony's 14 years of Corporate experience with Square D Company PRIOR to becoming a teacher gives him so many real world experiences as he educates our youth as a teacher.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 2, 2015 at 10:53 pm

That and $5 will get you a bumper sticker.

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Posted by Allyson Camillucci
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 3, 2015 at 10:41 pm

As a senior at Amador Valley High School, and an engineering student of Mr. Dennis' for my entire high school career, I can wholeheartedly say this awesome man deserves the world. He is an amazing teacher, inspiring role model, and a kindhearted person. He helped me and other students through what have been the toughest years of their lives and has always had a smile on his face. He works around the clock to make the program run as well as it does and I know that everyone is so grateful for that. I'm so happy he's getting the recognition he deserves.

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Posted by CSP
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 17, 2015 at 6:55 pm

My first year at Amador I got Cs in both semesters of geometry. Then I had Mr. Dennis for the next two years. He was my teacher for Algebra (Sophomore), Precalc and AP Stats (Junior). My grades in math progressed as follows C, B and then only As I got 800s in both the math general and math subject. I went on to double major in math and physics getting both possible awards for top math major at my university and graduating sum cum laude. I am currently working towards my PhD in mathematics at a large and prestigious research university. Not all of this can be attributed to Mr. Dennis of course but I do not think I could have started down this path without him. Thanks Mr. D

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