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Tom Collett – State Teacher of the Year
By Miriam G. Mazliach
November 8, 2011
Tom Collett, Science teacher at Newark Junior High School was selected as California Teacher of the Year. (State-wide four other teachers were also so honored.) Newark Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dave Marken said he was excited when he received the news, from Tom Torlakson, the State Superintendent of Schools, recognizing Collett’s abilities at the state level.
Collett is now in his second year at Newark Junior High, where he teaches eighth grade Science. Previously, he taught for 17 years at Newark Memorial High School, implementing its Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Institute.
“I am blown away by this award,” Collett remarked. “I never expected to go this far. I’m still surprised over my initial selection at the Newark level, because our school is full of so many amazing teachers. I’m truly surprised and honored.”
The official award ceremony will take place in Sacramento during February 2012.