Oakland, Castro Valley educators named county's 'Teachers of the Year'

Amador Valley High School teacher Tony Dennis among finalists

Teachers from Oakland and Castro Valley have been named as this year's Alameda County Teachers of the Year, beating out a Pleasanton educator for the honor.

Elizabeth Ingram, a sixth-grade special education teacher in Castro Valley, and Ann Park, a fifth-grade writing and science teacher in Oakland, were chosen as this year's Teachers of the Year out of 18 district finalists, the Alameda County Office of Education announced Thursday night.

Amador Valley High School teacher Tony Dennis, who was this year's Pleasanton Unified Teacher of the Year, was among the finalists.

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

The two county winners now head to the statewide Teacher of the Year competition.

The last Pleasanton teacher selected as a county Teacher of the Year was Karen McMahon, a Tri-Valley Regional Occupational Program (ROP) teacher in Pleasanton, in 2011.

The last Pleasanton Unified winner for the countywide honor was Amador Valley teacher Briad Ladd in 2006.


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Pleasanton Weekly and are once again putting out a call for nominations and sponsorships for the annual Tri-Valley Heroes awards - our salute to the community members dedicated to bettering the Tri-Valley and the lives of its residents.

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