It likely began as an ordinary day for Vanguard University alumni, Glen Warren ’85 of the Orange Unified School District, and Scott Bedley ’93 of the Irvine Unified School District. But it didn’t end up ordinary. Last Wednesday, both men were notified in person by the “prize patrol” of their status as final “Teachers of the Year” for the 2014 school year. This year, 56 educators in Orange County, CA were nominated.
The Orange County Teachers of the Year (TOTY) program provides recognition for outstanding teachers in Orange County. Each school district may nominate one to three teachers (depending on district size). Community colleges districts may each nominate one teacher per district. The program was established in the 1970′s according to Kristin Rigby, who coordinates the TOTY program.
K-12 finalists from all over California are invited to represent the county in the California Teachers of the Year program which is hosted by the California Department of Education. The winning teachers, who will receive a golden apple and $15,000, will be honored along with all candidates on October 25 at the Disneyland Hotel.
Congratulations to Glen and Scott for this well-deserved achievement. Vanguard University will be rooting for you in the fall! Click here to read more about this story.