The Pleasanton school district has named physical education teacher Terri Drain as its 2016 Teacher of the Year.
The announcement Tuesday named the Vintage Hills teacher for the district's highest teaching honor, and she will be advanced to the Alameda County Office of Education Teachers of the Year competition in October.
"She is highly regarded by every staff member and is an integral part of the success of Vintage Hills Elementary School," Vintage Hills principal Ann Jayne said. "That influence extends beyond the district, state and national levels. She is a key part of my success as a site leader. Terri has a pulse on the school climate and wants everyone to succeed."
Drain said she feels "overwhelmed and tremendously honored. There are so many amazing teachers in this district I'm honored to be included with them as a PUSD Teacher of the Year."
Drain teaches physical education for first through fifth grade students. A teacher at Vintage Hills for 17 years, she has also taught at Alisal and Fairlands elementary and was the physical education department head at a Vancouver, British Columbia school before moving to the Bay Area.
"Vintage Hills is a great community to be a part of," Drain said in an email. "It's really a special place and I think I have the best job in the world. The support I've received at Vintage Hills from my colleagues and administrators has been key in allowing me to thrive as a professional."
She has her bachelor's in physical education and a degree in education from the University of British Columbia, as well as her master's degree in health and human performance from Central Washington University in Washington.
She is a lifelong athlete, and her time on the University of British Columbia's hockey team earned her a place in the school's Sports Hall of Fame, she said.
She said she was previously honored as Teacher of the Year for specific education associations, such as being named the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) Teacher of the Year in 2007.
She was recently elected to the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America board of directors, according to the industry association.