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June 7, 2011 > Sunol Glen names Suzette Takei as Teacher of the Year

Sunol Glen names Suzette Takei as Teacher of the Year

By Alyson Whitaker
Photos By Alyson Whitaker

Each year, schools throughout the county and state name a Teacher of the Year. For Sunol Glen, this year's winner is seventh grade homeroom teacher Suzette Takei. Mrs. Takei joined the teaching staff at Sunol Glen in 2007. While this is only her third year at Sunol Glen, she has more than 17 years experience teaching varied grades ranging from preschool through college level.

Principal/Superintendent Molly Barnes was not at all surprised by the nomination. "She is a phenomenal teacher. She goes to great lengths to ensure that each and every student's needs are met-academically, as well as socially and emotionally. I have seen her work one on one with students, using a variety of teaching strategies until that 'light goes on'!"

One parent shared their experience with that one-on-one attention. "When our son started to fall behind in math, Mrs. Takei worked with him and helped him refocus and overcome his mental block. Now, he maintains a B+ average, and even better, actually likes the subject again!"

In addition to her homeroom responsibilities with the seventh graders, Mrs. Takei is also the head of the math/science curriculum programs for both seventh and eighth grade. Her enthusiasm for science, along with the help of some energized parents has helped increase interest and participation in events like the science fair, which in turn has had a positive impact on science test scores. She has brought on curriculum enhancements, which have helped strengthen the middle school math program, again resulting in improved test scores. She is continually looking for ways to inspire her students to push their academic limits.

Mrs. Takei has also been invaluable in her efforts to increase and improve the after-school programs offered at Sunol Glen. She helped institute an after-school American Sign Language class, organized a family dance, sought out a source to bring Lacrosse to the school, and co-coached the middle school track team this year. Numerous parents expressed their appreciation for the life lessons learned by students on the track team-far beyond sprinting and hurdles, Mrs. Takei fostered a caring, supportive, and compassionate environment on the team.

Mrs. Takei will be honored with the winners from other districts in Alameda County at a ceremony later this year.

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