• A Salute to Teachers - November 6, 2021

About A Salute to Teachers

  • A Salute to Teachers is Santa Barbara County's premier teacher recognition event. Supported by committed business partners, the gala celebrates our county's finest educators including Distinguished New Educators and Mentors, Santa Barbara Bowl Performing Arts Teacher of the Year, and the Teacher of the Year award winners.

Event Agenda

  • Welcome

    Scott Reed, Music Academy of the West
    Master of Ceremonies, Andrew Firestone

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    Distinguished New Educator Awards

    Samantha Ayala, La Honda STEAM Academy
    Presenter: Kim Clark, Noozhawk

    TJ Berry, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School
    Presenter: Hilary Molina Lyn, Fielding Graduate University

    Christina Peña Eckert, Carpinteria Middle School
    Presenter: Dr. Kindred Murillo, Santa Barbara City College

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    Student Performance

    Sapphire Dance Team, Lompoc High School

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    Santa Barbara Bowl Performing Arts Teachers of the Year (2021, 2022)

    Elizabeth Caruso, Monroe Elementary School
    Presenters: Marianne Partridge, Santa Barbara Bowl, and Tyler Duncan, Santa Barbara Bowl

    Josie Coburn, Orcutt Union School District
    Presenters: Marianne Partridge, Santa Barbara Bowl, and Tyler Duncan, Santa Barbara Bowl

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    Distinguished Mentor Awards


    Riccardo Magni
    , Pioneer Valley High School
    Presenter: Ellen Barger, Curriculum & Instruction, SBCEO

    Melissa Woods, Dos Pueblos High School
    Presenter: Janet Garufis, Montecito Bank & Trust

    Lorena Armstrong, Mary Buren School
    Presenter: Ingo Hentschel, Cox Communications

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    Santa Barbara County 2021 Teacher of the Year

    Frank Koroshec, San Marcos High School
    Presenters: Kirsten McLaughlin, Cox Communications, and Dr. Susan Salcido, County Superintendent of Schools

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     Santa Barbara County 2022 Teacher of the Year

    Alisyn Blanton, Miguelito School
    Presenters: Kirsten McLaughlin, Cox Communications, and Dr. Susan Salcido, County Superintendent of Schools

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    Final Remarks

    Dr. Susan Salcido, Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools