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District’s teachers of the year honored by county; Harshbarger named one of Sacramento County’s teachers of the year

Nicole San Juan Unified’s 2017 teachers of the year, Nichole Harshbarger and Bradley Ward, were among 16 teachers recently recognized at an awards program hosted by the Sacramento County Office of Education.

Harshbarger, who teaches first grade at Kingswood K-8, was named one of Sacramento County’s Teachers of the Year. She will now advance to the statewide competition where five teachers will be chosen as California Teachers of the Year.

Harshbarger has worked for San Juan Unified for the past 12 years, starting out at Skycrest and Dyer-Kelly elementaries. She has taught at Kingswood since 2006.

In her application, she wrote of the many hats she wears.

“I would recommend teaching to anyone who wants to be a mom, a dad, a nurse, a friend, a reader, a scientist, a mathematician, a musician, an explorer, a listener, a speaker, a behavior analyst, a psychologist - all in one day.”

Ward has been teaching in San Juan Unified schools for nine years, and currently teachers AVID and English at Mesa Verde High School.

The awards program will be rebroadcast by the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium on Oct. 4, 6 and 8.
We would like to once more congratulate both Harshbarger and Ward.