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County Superintendent visits local teachers

By Miriam G. Mazliach

September 24, 2013

In advance of the selection of the Alameda County Teacher of the Year, to be announced at an awards event on Thursday, October 3, Sheila Jordan, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, has been making the rounds. Jordan has been greeting the teacher finalists representing many of the county’s school districts. Recently, TCV tagged along on a couple of these classroom visits, to Oliveira Elementary School in Fremont and Bridgepoint High School in Newark.

Fremont’s Teacher of the Year finalist, Judy Cuturrufo of Oliveira Elementary, was in the middle of a grammar lesson with her current 4th graders, when congratulated by Jordan and the other visitors. Cuturrufo previously taught RTI (Response to Intervention) at the school. Fremont Supt. Morris addressed the students saying, “We’re here to celebrate one of the best teachers in the county – Ms. Cuturrufo. She brags about her awesome students and how everyone likes to learn. She represents the best of the best.” Alameda County Supt of Schools, Sheila Jordan added, “This is such a wonderful thing to be celebrating teachers and education at its best.”

At the second stop, Corina Resendez Rojo, Newark’s Teacher of the Year finalist was with her students at Bridgepoint (Continuation) High School. Ms. Rojo teaches twelfth grade Economics, Government and an elective - Conflict Management. “It’s a pleasure to teach about the Constitution and keep it relevant,” said Rojo.

During this classroom visit, County Supt. Jordan and Board of Ed. Trustee Eileen McDonald had a chance to sit down with the students and discuss politics and other newsworthy topics. Reiterating the importance of voting, Supt. Jordan stated, “Your voices can come together and make a difference.” Rojo added, “To open up a dialog and discussion is really powerful.”

To learn first-hand about the accomplishments of all the teachers nominated for this year’s Alameda County Teacher of the Year, the public is welcome to attend the upcoming celebration of exemplary teachers.

Alameda County Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony
Thursday, October 3
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
(Reception/appetizers: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Castro Valley Center for the Arts
19501 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley
Tickets: Adults/$20 and $5 for Children under 12
Register at
Info: Call (510) 670-4105 or email

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