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2016-17 Mayor's Teacher and Principal of the Year Awards

Mayor Ed Lee, Board of Education commissioners, and award winnersThe Mayor's Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year Awards are annual awards that recognize exceptional San Francisco public school teachers and principals for their dedication, professionalism, and work on behalf of our city's young people. The five teacher awardees and four principal awardees were selected based on their outstanding ability to promote innovative learning, accountability, and equity and access in the classroom and school site. Read more about this year's awardees.

Salvador Lopez Barr, Mentor of the Year

Salvador Lopez BarrSalvador Lopez Barr leads the districtwide Student Advisory Council (SAC), which seats two members on the Board of Education representing SFUSD's 56,000 students, and has received the City and County of San Francisco SF Youth Works Mentor of the Year award. Noted for creating a supportive learning environment for his students, Mr. Barr has been overseeing the SAC as its members navigate leadership, high school engagement, student advocacy, and preparing for college and career. San Francisco Youth Works is a unique high school internship program that teaches young people crucial job skills while sparking their interest in advocacy and public service careers throughout San Francisco Bay Area.

Ian Enriquez, community health outreach worker

Ian Enriquez and District 4 Supervisor Katy TangIan Enriquez was honored by the Board of Supervisors on Oct. 25 to represent District 4 as a part of Filipino Heritage Month. Enriquez started Pink Tsunami, a districtwide anti-bullying LGBT event, and he also runs the Youth Outreach Worker program. A coworker notes that Enriquez, who speaks Tagalog, always connects with newcomer students from the Philippines, among his many other contributions to the Lincoln community.

Clarendon ES receives Civic Learning Award of Merit

Clarendon Elementary SchoolClarendon Elementary School was selected to receive the 2016 Civic Learning Award of Merit in recognition of how the school engages students in opportunities that incorporate research-based, proven practices in civic learning. The Civic Learning Award celebrates public schools' efforts to engage students in civic learning and identifies models that can be replicated in other schools.

2016 Mayor's Teacher and Principal of the Year Awards

Mayor Lee and Deputy Superintendent Guerrero with the winners of the 2016 Mayor's Teacher and Principal of the Year AwardMayor Edwin Lee honored nine outstanding SFUSD educators as the Mayor’s 2015-2016 Teacher and Principal of the Year at a San Francisco Giants Pre-Game Homeplate Ceremony at AT&T Park for Teacher Appreciation Month. These awardees were nominated by people in the community for excellence in their classrooms, their schools and in the city. Read more.

Cynthia Meza, Spanish bilingual/immersion teacher

Cynthia MezaCynthia Meza, a Spanish bilingual/immersion teacher at Leonard R. Flynn Elementary School, has won the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) 2016 Teacher of the Year award. She is being recognized for her excellence, dedication and promotion of bilingual education and to the education of English learners. Read more.

Janet Eberhardt, education support professional and activist

Janet EberhardtCommunity relations specialist and elementary advisor Janet Eberhardst was named 2015 National Education Association (NEA) Education Support Professional (ESP) of the Year at the annual NEA ESP conference on March 7. Eberhardt has developed programs to mentor students and families such as Literacy Plus, a program which brings students to the city library to unlock their love for reading. She has also worked toward improving the leadership skill of school support staff to better meet the needs of the whole student.

Symetra Heroes in the Classroom

Anette Norona of Mission High and Henry Curtin of Galileo HighCongratulations to Anette Norona of Mission High and Henry Curtin of Galileo High, both of whom were named Symetra Heroes in the Classroom. Norona teaches ethnic studies and U.S. history and was commended for taking on afterschool cultural clubs while also encouraging many students to continue their studies and writing them letters of recommendation for college on top of her regular and honors classes. Curtin was nominated by a former student, who said that Curtin always challenged and encouraged him in math class and got his entire school to participate in math exercises.

Tomokazu Morikawa, teacher at George Washington High School

Tomokazu MorikawaTomokazu Morikawa, a teacher of Japanese language and culture at George Washington High School, was presented with the Elgin Heinz Teacher Award, which recognizes teachers who further mutual understanding of American and Japanese cultures. Morikawa uses a project-based curriculum that incorporates elements such as international trips to facilitate cultural understanding.

Student Intervention Team

Hands and arms gripping each other to form a circle The University of California at Berkeley's School of Social Welfare honored our Student Intervention Team (SIT) as their 2014 Field Agency of the Year. SIT has worked extensively with the School of Social Welfare to ensure that their Master of Social Work (MSW) students have the training and skills to succeed as school social workers in SFUSD, and SIT instructors are consistently rated as excellent by the students.

Andy Leong, coach at Lowell High School

Coach Andy Leong from Lowell HS Congratulations to Lowell High School's Coach Andy Leong, who has been selected as the 2014 Northern California Boys' Track and Field Coach of the Year by the California Coaches' Association. Leong has been coaching at Lowell for over thirty years and states that he wants to give his students the dedication and knowledge his own coaches passed on to him when he was in school. He accepted the award at a ceremoney on June 14 and dedicates it to his athletes and his coaching staff.

2014 Mayor's Teacher and Principal of the Year Awards

Mayor's Teacher and Principal of the Year AwardMayor Edwin Lee continues this tradition to celebrate and acknowledge San Francisco's extraordinary teachers and principals. The Mayor's Teacher and Pricipal of the Year Awards recognize outstanding San Francisco public school teachers and principals for their dedication, professionalism, and work on behalf of our City's young people. Read more about this year's awardees.

Lisa Ernst, teacher at Alice Fong Yu

Lisa ErnstLisa Ernst, a sixth-grade science teacher at Alice Fong Yu, received the Sylvia Shugrue Award from the National Science Teachers Association in recognition of her interdisciplinary, inquiry-based lesson plans. Ernst develops project-based units to engage her students' creativity and curiosity as they learn scientific principles and encourages them to persist in the face of challenges.

Emmanuel Stewart, program administrator of Bayview STEM

Emmanuel Stewart in the classroom (video) Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) selected Emmanuel Stewart as their 2013 Robert Brownlee Teacher of the Year for his work promoting science education in the Bayview neighborhood. Stewart emphasizes the importance of hands-on science to engage his students' interest and to foster problem solving and critical thinking. Find out more.

Restorative Practices

Congratulations to the Restorative Practices team for receiving the 2013 Golden Bell Award in the area of school safety. The Golden Bell Awards promote excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices of school boards in school districts and county offices of education throughout California.

Virginia Marshall, GATE

Virginia Marshall with coworkers at the National Alliance of Black School Educators conference Virginia Marshall was given the Ida B. Wells Risk Taker award for her hard work, particularly with the African American Honor Roll. The Ida B. Wells Risk Taker award is presented at the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) conference for individuals who have undergone great personal and professional sacrifice in the service of educational advancement for African Americans.