Woodland High School educator named Yolo County teacher of the year – Daily Democrat

Earlier this week, Erica Chung, a teacher from the Woodland Joint Unified School District, was named Yolo County’s Teacher of the Year.

Chung, who teaches English and piano at Woodland High School, was selected among Yolo County’s top teachers for the California Teacher of the Year program, according to a school district press release.

The program emphasizes pedagogical innovation, student learning, and teaching benefits. The aim is to honor the profession and generate interest in teaching as a career.

Chung, a graduate of Cedarville College in Ohio with a double major in English and music, said she was honored and surprised to be selected this year.

“A teacher’s job is not the job of one person, but the job of many,” Chung said. “The people in my life – family, friends, colleagues, and students past and present – ​​have all helped me grow and continue to grow as a teacher. Although these people are not physically present in my classroom, they have contributed to my life and what they do and have done becomes part of who I am and my teaching.

Chung added that she always wanted to be a teacher.

“I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a teacher,” she says. “My first memories are that I was upset because I couldn’t go to school on Saturdays and was ‘playing school’ with my stuffed animals. However, being a child of Chinese immigrants, education has always been important and revered and my family has encouraged my love of school and learning.I have had great teachers and professors who have also inspired and encouraged me on this career path.

Chung will be honored at the Yolo County Excellence in Education Awards on September 26.

She will also move up to the state level to be considered the California Teacher of the Year 2023 by the California Department of Education.

Woodland High School principal Peter Lambert recognized Chung for his many contributions to the school.

“Ms. Chung is an incredible teacher who demonstrates excellent performance and goes above and beyond for our students,” Lambert said. “She is definitely a great asset to our school and we are all proud to congratulate her on her outstanding accomplishments. .”

Superintendent Elodia Ortega-Lampkin recognized Chung for her professionalism and dedication to the teaching profession.

“We would like to congratulate Ms. Chung on being named Yolo County’s Teacher of the Year,” Ortega-Lampkin said. “We have so many talented and dedicated teachers at WJUSD and Ms. Chung exemplifies the highest qualities of the teaching profession. We proudly thank Ms. Chung for her dedication to serving Woodland students and families.

“What I enjoy most about teaching is learning and creating my lessons and building relationships with my students,” Chung added. “My advice for new teachers or future teachers is that teaching is a vocation. It’s more than just lecturing on a subject. Often it is about teaching “life” and being there whether you feel like you are making a difference or not. »

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