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June 5, 2012 > Deanna Sainten is Milpitas Teacher of the Year

Deanna Sainten is Milpitas Teacher of the Year

Submitted By Milpitas Unified School District, Photo by Cindy Kitaura

Deanna Sainten, a sixth grade teacher at Pomeroy Elementary School in Milpitas has been selected as the district's Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Sainten, an outstanding teacher of the highest caliber, proves to be an asset to Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) each and every day. She is a role model for students, teachers, and parents alike, inspiring everyone she touches to strive for their personal best.

A true life-long learner, Sainten continues to take trainings and classes to enhance her teaching skills. She recently obtained her masters degree as a Reading/Language Arts Specialist, received ROLA (Reading and Oral Language Assessment) training and has spent this year developing curriculum and extending Steps to Success to the next level.

Ms. Sainten willingly shares her resources and expertise. Since graduating from Santa Clara University (SCU), she has been invited back each year to share her insights and valuable experience with teachers in the Teacher Credential Program. She went above and beyond the call of duty as a master teacher for one of SCU's student teachers, meeting regularly at the crack of dawn.

She exudes passion for teaching and learning as someone who deeply cares about each individual student and finds innovative ways to make connections with them. Former students regularly come back seeking assistance with middle school problems - both academic and personal. She is accessible and friendly, but firm, always holding each student to high standards - an excellent role model, especially for at-risk and minority students.

There isn't any activity that Ms. Sainten isn't involved in at Pomeroy. In her first year of teaching, she was responsible for organizing after-school GATE Enrichment (Gifted and Talented Education) activities. Since then Parent Education Nights, Leadership Team, The Talent Show, and Student Council have all benefited from her leadership. She is our representative for the 21st Century Teaching and Learning Committee and has organized the 6th grade picnic, 6th grade promotion, and science camp.

Seeing a need for students to connect more deeply with school, Ms. Sainten created "Club 6," a service organization in which students identify a need within the community and design projects to help fill those needs. Club 6 students have created innovative ways to encourage participation in food, clothing, toy, and book drives. Through their hard work, close to $5,000 in cash donations has been donated to Second Harvest Food Bank, local homeless shelters, Sacred Heart, Milpitas Food Bank, Glide, and the Humane Society.

Deanna Sainten sets an exemplary example of a dedicated, caring, compassionate teacher. She represents the best of the Milpitas Unified School District.

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