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4:42 PM, Dec 4, 2012

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Teacher of the Month December 2013 - Cindy Polonsky

6:02 PM, Jan 8, 2014

Monterey Trail High School Special Education Teacher Cindy Polonsky is News10's December 2013 Teacher of the Month.

Teacher of the Month November 2013 - Glen Cain

10:15 PM, Nov 12, 2013

For Gold Trail School Performing Arts Teacher Glen Cain, the sound of success is evident with every note his students hit.

October 2013 News10 Teacher of the Month - Libbie Coleman

6:35 PM, Oct 8, 2013

SACRAMENTO - Students of McClatchy High School biology teacher Libbie Coleman like the respect she shows them and her style of teaching.

Teacher of the Month September 2013 - John Buckmaster

11:45 AM, Sep 26, 2013

SACRAMENTO - His students say when you walk into John Buckmaster's classroom, you know you're in for something special.

Teacher of the Month August 2013 - Kimberly Miyasaki

8:45 PM, Aug 13, 2013

SACRAMENTO - Her degree is in bio chemistry, but August's Teacher of the Month found her love and career in education.

Teacher of the Month July 2013 - Jenny McDonald

6:04 PM, Jul 9, 2013

ELK GROVE - Teacher Jenny McDonald is shaping young minds in her first grade class at Elliott Ranch Elementary.

Teacher of the Month June 2013 - Celeste Harris

9:45 PM, Jun 11, 2013

ELK GROVE - After spending just a few hours inside the Celeste Harris' class at Ehrhardt Elementary, the dedication she puts into her profession is clearly evident.

Teacher of Month May 2013 - Cristy Pitts

5:51 PM, May 15, 2013

SACRAMENTO - Inderkum High School Teacher Cristy Pitts is an 8-year English- Literature teacher who said she works to instill hard work and respect into her students.

Teacher of the Month March 2013 - Richenda Nagle

7:20 PM, Mar 12, 2013

MARYSVILLE - She calls herself a late bloomer having raised her family before taking on the tall order of teaching, but make no mistake, Richenda "Ricky" Nagle is right where she belongs.

Teacher of the Month Feb. 2013 - Robynne Rose

5:42 PM, Feb 14, 2013

NATOMAS - The corporate world had its perks, but they weren't enough to keep Natomas High School teacher, Robynne Rose out of the classroom.

Teacher of the Month Jan. 2013 - Kim Battistessa

9:46 PM, Jan 8, 2013

FAIR OAKS - It's not often that you hear children call their teacher by her first name, but if it evens the playing field and makes her students more comfortable, Kim Battistessa is all for it.

Teacher of the Month: December 2012 - Lori Gobbi

12:26 AM, Dec 13, 2012

STOCKTON - It's one thing to love a job, but to never want to miss a day in 29 years is something much different. Lori Gobbi calls it passion, for a group of students she thinks of as family.

Teacher of the Month: November 2012 Elzira Saffold

9:55 PM, Nov 13, 2012

STOCKTON - The idea of teaching a room full of teenagers at an inner city school may worry some, but News10's Teacher of the Month Elzira Saffold calls it an opportunity to give her students the tools to succeed.

Teacher of the Month October 2012- Linda O'Neill

4:21 PM, Oct 9, 2012

ELK GROVE - A career in social work is where she started, but it didn't take long for Linda O'Neill to figure out, teaching a classroom full of kindergartners is where she belonged.

Teacher of the Month September 2012- Dianne Steiner

10:16 PM, Sep 11, 2012

ELK GROVE - Students call her Mrs. Songbird, but as much as music is a part of who Dianne Steiner is, her caring spirit is what her first graders will remember most.

Teacher of the Month August 2012- Dan Glenn

6:50 PM, Aug 14, 2012

MODESTO - The extras are hard to come by in public schools, but for Dan Glenn there are some things he doesn't want his 6th graders to go without.

Teacher of the Month July 2012- Silver Lamb

12:24 PM, Jul 12, 2012

MODESTO- She visits five schools a week, hundreds of students each year and despite a rigorous schedule, Silver Lamb's passion for music only gets stronger.

Teacher of the Month June 2012 - Tara Larson

6:58 PM, Jun 12, 2012

CITRUS HEIGHTS - She goes horseback riding and even skydives, but for Tara Larson her real adventure came when she decided to take on teaching teenagers at New San Juan High School.

Teacher of the Month May 2012- Jeremy Hammond

5:41 PM, May 9, 2012

SACRAMENTO - When he was a sixth grader begging his parents to play the trumpet, Jeremy Hammond never imagined he would end up standing in front of hundreds of teenagers teaching music.

Teacher of the Month April 2012- Terry Minton

6:31 PM, Apr 10, 2012

CARMICHAEL - Sixth graders at Mary Deterding Elementary School in Carmichael didn't know what to expect when they walked into Terry Minton's class for the first time, but it didn't take long for the uncertainty to turn into a sense of comfort.

Teacher of the Month March 2012 - Nicki Garcia

6:30 PM, Mar 13, 2012

CARMICHAEL- Turn knowledge into action and have a voice. It's a lesson elementary school teacher, Nicki Garcia wants her students to remember.


Teacher of the Month February 2012- Lynnette Chertorisky

1:56 PM, Mar 9, 2012

SACRAMENTO - As a young woman her career path was uncertain, but for the last 30 years Lynette Chertorisky has known her passion is teaching.

Teacher of the Month January 2012 - Jennifer Hilleary

6:00 PM, Feb 14, 2012

SACRAMENTO - She teaches students about the importance of history but Jennifer Hilleary is also known as "Coach". 

Teacher of the Month December 2011 - Timothy Dant

7:00 PM, Dec 13, 2011

MARYSVILLE - Tim Dant teaches students more than just academics and hopes they help make a change in the world around them.  

Teacher of the Month November 2011 - Kevin Tierney

2:35 PM, Nov 21, 2011

EL DORADO HILLS - History teacher Kevin Tierney will even make house calls to help students.

October 2011 Teacher of the Month - Mark Shima

5:44 PM, Oct 11, 2011

LATHROP - Students are burdened by problems at home.  To focus them on academics, Mark Shima says he's both teacher and friend.

Teacher of the Month September 2011 - Carolyn Orr

6:34 PM, Sep 13, 2011

SACRAMENTO - Students help each other when they do homework in class. Carolyn Orr said learning success comes from within.

Teacher of the Month August 2011 - Barbara Harris

5:50 PM, Aug 17, 2011

FOLSOM - Barbara Harris encourages her students to do their best so they can take part in her drama program featuring Shakespearean plays.

Teacher of the Month July 2011 - James Van Buren

2:44 PM, Jul 17, 2011

SACRAMENTO - Many struggled in other classes but under teacher James Van Buren's no nonsense approach, students excel.

Teacher of the Month June 2011 - Alyson Stanley

5:30 PM, Jun 14, 2011

SACRAMENTO - Alyson Stanley generates interest in English literature by showing the relationship of stories to her students' lives.

Teacher of the Month May 2011 - Joanie Wickham

8:42 AM, May 16, 2011

SACRAMENTO - Joanie Wickham plays guitar and has her students sing in an effort to help them remember their lessons.

Teacher of the Month April 2011 - John McClung

4:44 PM, Apr 12, 2011

ROSEVILLE - Teacher John McClung constantly questions students to make sure they understand their math lessons.  

Teacher of the Month March 2011 - William Jones

12:26 PM, Mar 8, 2011

SACRAMENTO - William Jones elicits the opinions of his students and strives to motivate them to care enough to find the right answers in his classes at Luther Burbank High School.