Five teachers and four principals were honored Wednesday by Mayor Ed Lee at City Hall for their dedication to and passion for their work in the San Francisco Unified School District.
Marissa Miller of Paul Revere Elementary School, Judy Viertel of Marshall Elementary School, Kelly Clark of Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, Jeanna Chavetta of Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8, and Michael Ferraro of Balboa High School were recognized as recipients of the Mayor's Teacher of the Year Award.
The Mayor's Principal of the Year Award was presented to Ivy Ng, site administrator of Argonne and Stockton Commodore Early Education Schools; Rosina Tong, principal of Chinese Immersion School at De Avila; Principal Michael Reimer of Theodore Roosevelt Middle School; and Eric Guthertz, principal of Mission High School.
"You're chosen because you're excelling in the areas that you're working in and we want to recognize that," Lee told the teachers and principals at the ceremony. "You're wonderful teachers, you're wonderful principals."
He added that everyone in the school district deserves to be commended for their work as well.
"This pick is part of an overall appreciation for the best school district in the country, San Francisco," Lee said to cheers and applause.
Board of Education President Sandra Lee Fewer thanked the mayor for honoring the educators.
"These people too often are not recognized enough for the significant and profound job that they do every day," Fewer said.
Superintendent Richard Carranza and Board of Education Commissioner Jill Wynns also spoke at the ceremony and acknowledged the principals and teachers for their work.
Each of the nine awardees will receive a crystal apple from Tiffany & Co. and an array of gifts and contributions from San Francisco institutions, including the California Academy of Sciences, The Exploratorium, Beach Blanket Babylon and others, as well as a monetary gift. Each teacher and principal will also receive a new laptop from Microsoft.
The honorees were nominated by students, parents, colleagues, educators and other community members for excellence in their classroom, school and in The City.
The Mayor's Teacher of the Year Award is a collaborative effort among the Mayor's Office, school district, the United Educators of San Francisco and the San Francisco Education Fund. The Mayor's Principal of the Year Award, created by former Mayor Gavin Newsom, is a collaborative effort with the Mayor's Office, school district and UESF.