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Employee Recognition

2018 Teacher of the Year Award

Mary Otieku, who teaches at Bay Farm School, was chosen for her her use of differentiated instruction, books from different cultures and mixed-race authors, classroom meetings, gratitude cards, respect for students, and clear and consistent communication with parents.

Teacher of the Year Press Release (PDF).

Mary Otieku
Mary Otieku poses with two of her students.
Prior Winners
Year Teacher of the Year
2017 Kevin Gorham
2016 Amanda Cline
2015 John Dalton
2014 Michael Lamb
2013 Tracy Corbally
2012 Chris Hansen



Kevin Gorham
Kevin Gorham, a teacher at Encinal jr. and Sr. High School, was named Teacher of the Year for both AUSD and Alameda County in 2017.
Teacher of the Year

The Teacher of the Year program is designed to honor and recognize excellent teachers working in the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). This is a unique opportunity to provide well-deserved
recognition for the whole teaching profession, as well as for the distinguished teachers that are
nominated. Parents, students, staff, and community members have the opportunity to nominate any
pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade teacher or a teacher of adults who provide instruction in the
same curriculum as those who teach in elementary or secondary grades.

2019 Teacher of the Year Program

A selection committee consisting of teachers, administrators, the Alameda Education Association president, a school board member, and a community member will determine the Teacher of the Year for the Alameda Unified School District. The AUSD Teacher of the Year will be formally recognized by the Board of Education in May of 2019. The selected teacher will then be honored by the Alameda County Office of Education in the fall of 2019 and becomes eligible for the Alameda County Teacher of the Year Award and the State Teacher of the Year Award.  The deadline for nominations was December 17, 2018; an announcement of the winner will be made in May 2019.

Mandie Cline, 2016 Teacher of Year
Mandie Cline, AUSD's 2016 Teacher of the Year, leads the STEAM program at Ruby Bridges Elementary School.
2019 Classified School Employee of the Year

Do you know a custodian, tradesperson, food services employee, payroll technician, paraprofessional, instructional assistant, school secretary, or office manager in the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) who you think is doing excellent work for children and staff?  Alameda community members can now nominate AUSD employees for the state's Classified School Employee of the Year program. 

Please note: The deadline is March 4 at 5 pm, and each nomination requires three recommendation forms.