Two Kern County teachers — one from Bakersfield and the other from Delano — have been chosen as winners of the Kern County Superintendent of Schools’ Teacher of the Year awards.
Cato Middle School science teacher Allison Bogart and Nueva Vista Language Academy kindergarten teacher Lindsay Stansberry took home the awards — as well as a $500 check for each of them — during a ceremony at the Bakersfield Museum of Art on Wednesday.
“[Bogart’s] classroom is rarely quiet and often filled with student conversations, discussions and equipment use — the true sounds of learning,” said Lisa Gilbert, assistant superintendent of instructional services. "Students in Mrs. Bogart’s classes are engaged in and empowered to be in charge of their own learning.”
Gilbert also had some positive words to say about Stansberry’s work.
“Lindsay Stansberry is a dedicated teacher who is intentional and purposeful in her daily work,” Gilbert said. “She makes learning fun and she uses challenging content to make learning fun for her students.”
Fifty-two teachers across the district were nominated by their schools and districts for the Kern County awards. Each teacher was recognized individually at the ceremony with a few words from the district.
A committee of educators and community leaders reviewed all of the applications and made visits to the top candidates’ schools. All nominees received plaques and certificates.
Bogart has been a teacher for more than 16 years. She also provides guidance to the Kernville Union School District as a member of their board of trustees and also serves on the board of directors for the California Science Teachers Association.
Stansberry has been a teacher for around the same amount of time.
Bogart and Stansberry will represent Kern County in the California Teacher of the Year competition later this year, put on by the California Department of Education. Award-winners are set to be announced in October.
An alternate, Stockdale High School English teacher Andrew Chilton, has been selected in case one of the winners is unable to take part in the state competition. Chilton has been a teacher at Stockdale High for eight years.
“Andrew Chilton gives his students a 'daily dose' of poetry and makes every class period precious and worthwhile, with never an empty, meaningless moment,” KCSOS said. “Mr. Chilton … approaches all of his students with the promise that he will be the most inquisitive, passionate, and excited learner in the classroom and they are challenged to join him as they grow together in the learning process.”
Chilton took home a $250 check for being the alternate.