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SRVUSD Announces 2020 Teachers of the Year
Posted 3/4/20

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) has selected Sarah Clancy and Courtney Konopacky as the District’s 2020-2021 Teachers of the Year. Each year, the SRVUSD chooses one elementary and one secondary teacher who are recognized by the Board of Education and go on to represent the District in the Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program.


These two outstanding educators exemplify above and beyond practices that set them apart in their profession. Clancy is a fifth grade teacher at Live Oak Elementary in San Ramon. Konopacky is currently an 8th grade core teacher at Stone Valley Middle School in Alamo. Clancy and Konopacky will represent the San Ramon Valley Unified School District in the Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Program.


“Sarah and Courtney are prime examples of the excellent teaching that takes place in the schools of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Both are very committed to providing positive, creative learning environments where students of all abilities can realize success,” SRVUSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt said. “They are educational leaders on their campuses and have earned the respect of staff, students and administration. We are proud to honor these educators and their outstanding work.” 


Sarah Clancy is well-loved and well-respected by members of the Live Oak community. On her campus, she is viewed as an instructional leader who goes above and beyond to develop curriculum that is creative and challenging for learners at every level. She welcomes and embraces a diverse group of students and learning styles in her classroom and strives to meet the needs of each individual student.


Sarah has been at Live Oak for the past 10 years and has taught 5th grade for the past 7 years. She is a staff leader in mental health, leading mindfulness activities during staff meetings. She is a member of the school CARE Leadership team where she focuses on the mental/emotional health of everyone in the community while emphasizing the importance of social emotional learning to Live Oak families. 


Sarah has been part of the Multi Tiered Systems of Support work at Live Oak.  She is constantly growing and learning and is happy to share what she learns with other staff members, regularly opening her classroom to teachers from Live Oak and other sites. She is loved by her students and parents, alike. 


Courtney Konopacky has been described as, “nothing short of amazing.” She is well- loved by everyone on campus. Students know that she genuinely cares about them. She has high expectations, but is masterful at guiding student conversations to promote critical thinking, learning and growth so that students are successful. 


Courtney combines her passion for teaching with quick-witted humor while also making the learning relevant for her students. She has been described as a leader on her campus and has a positive impact on big initiatives that are being employed. She has been a lead and strong voice in supporting the development of standards-based grading work. Courtney has been a districtwide leader, and has impacted other teachers in the development of progressive and innovative curriculum in the field of social studies.  


Courtney helps move the needle on things that she believes are best for students.  Courtney teaches with passion and compassion and is always striving to learn new ways to have a positive impact on students' lives. Her impact creates a ripple effect that is woven through almost everything that her school does to support students, staff and the community.  


The purpose of the TOY Program is to honor the profession chosen from over 300,000 people in the state and to heighten interest in teaching as a career. The program affords the opportunity to bring attention to teachers who successfully employ strategies to increase academic success and narrow the achievement gap among a range of students and to prepare students for 21st century college and careers. 


Each year, all Contra Costa County School Districts select Teachers of the Year. An expert committee, with representatives from education and the community, then chooses one of these candidates to represent Contra Costa County in the State Teacher of the Year Program.