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The Merced County Teacher of the Year Awards program began in 2006 as a partnership between EECU and the Merced County Office of Education. This program gives us the unique opportunity to showcase some of Merced County's top educators with an event many honorees refer to as the highlight of their career. A sculpture entitled "Commencement" was created by the late artist Clement Renzi and was commissioned by EECU. The piece was the final work by famed Valley sculptor Renzi, who passed away in 2009, and has a permanent home in front of the MCOE. Renzi's other works can be seen throughout the Central Valley.
Winners from school districts in Merced County are selected as finalists, and one Teacher, one Administrator and one Employee receives the "County Winner" award. Each County Winner receives a sculpture created by Renzi and a framed photo of them with their superintendent. Nominees, family members, and special guests are invited to attend the evening reception and awards ceremony, sponsored by EECU. The ceremony honors educators, administrators and employees in a variety of fields, ranging from special education and alternative education to preschool, elementary and high school.
Teacher of the Year Administrator of the Year
Janis Edwards Rosa Barragan
Merced Union High School District Merced County Office of Education
Employee of the Year
Atwater Elementary School District