Marissa Ware, a second-grade teacher at John Baldwin Elementary School, was selected as a finalist for Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year!
“It is such an honor to be representing the teachers of San Ramon Valley Unified School District at this next level,” Ware said in an email interview. “I feel fortunate to be teaching in such a diverse district that provides rich professional development enriching so many dedicated, passionate and knowledgable teachers.”
Marissa started teaching at her childhood campus John Baldwin from 2000-02. She moved to Coyote Creek Elementary from 2002-10 and then returned to John Baldwin in 2010.
“I have learned something from every colleague, student and parent that I have encountered over my 18 years of teaching, and I truly feel I am the teacher I am today because of the people I've had the opportunity to work with,” she added. “I hope to represent our district well.”
John Baldwin principal Joe Romagna said he was “incredibly proud” of her selection as a county finalist and praised her commitment to enhancing the educational experience of her students and her peers.
“Marissa is an exemplary teacher that inspires her second-grade students to do their best while also instilling a love and joy for learning,” he said.
“In addition to her role in the classroom, Marissa's colleagues note that she is a tremendous resource at John Baldwin Elementary and other sites as a literacy coach, where she helps teachers grow in their instructional practices in reading and writing,” he added.
Marissa and three other educators were chosen by a 13-person committee that reviewed and rated applications for the 22 Teachers of the Year representing public school districts across the county.
The two winners are set to be announced during a banquet in Concord on Sept. 28 that will also honor all 22 district-level Teachers of the Year from throughout the county.