Elisa Prather, a seventh grade teacher at Terrace Middle School in Lakeport Unified School District, has been selected as the 2015-16 Lake County Teacher of the Year, announced Brock Falkenberg, Lake County Superintendent of Schools. Ms. Prather will represent Lake County in the upcoming California Teacher of the Year competition.
Ms. Prather holds a Bachelor of Science from CSU Chico in Life Science with a Chemistry Minor. She has been teaching for 24 years, the past 10 at Terrace Middle School where her current project is the creation of a large community garden on campus. She has worked with students, staff and community to raise thousands of dollars in hope of creating a garden and outdoor classroom that will one day provide food to the cafeteria and a great place for hands on learning for students in all grades.
Jill Falconer, Principal of Terrace Middle School, says ”One of the most important qualities that she possesses is her willingness to tackle any and all challenges with a willing, can-do attitude. She sees a need and finds a way to fill it, whether it is a curriculum issue or a student issue. I honestly believe that there isn’t a problem that exists that she couldn’t find a solution for. Often when I am shaking my head wondering how to make it all work, she is standing nearby with an encouraging word or idea. Her colleagues would all agree that she is relentless in her upbeat approach to anything she does. It is an understatement to say she has a positive attitude, because it radiates in every activity or task that she does.”
Each year the school districts in the county select one exemplary teacher as their District Teacher of the Year. A committee of community leaders then interviews these candidates. The criteria for selection of the County Teacher of the Year is based upon the state and national requirements, which include professional development activities, commitment to the improvement of the educational system, personal attributes, creativity and ability to communicate ideas effectively, and professional skills in delivering curriculum and instruction to students. This year’s selection committee members were Pamela Bordissso, Tim Gill, Michelle Scully, and the Lake County Teacher of the Year for 2014-15, Kathy Perkins.
The outstanding District Teachers of the Year for 2015-16 are Cheryl Mostin, Kelseyville Unified School District; Pamela Ingersoll, Konocti Unified School District; Megan Grant, Lucerne Elementary School District; Sue Olson, Middletown Unified School District; Clarinda Higgins, Upper Lake Union Elementary School; and Paul Holt, Upper Lake High School District.
Ms. Prather and the District Teachers of the Year will be honored for their exceptional achievement at an event this fall. For more information on the upcoming award ceremony, please check the Lake County Office of Education website www.lakecoe.org.