Kind words and praise summed up the accomplishments of three local teachers as administrators gushed over them at the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills’ annual Teacher of the Year ceremony May 4.


Oak Ridge High School
Asst. Principal Pam Bartlett brought an entire essay on Teacher of the Year Angela Brown, who teaches history and government courses.

This “teacher extraordinaire” is “intelligent, invested and inspirational,” according to Bartlett. “She’s committed to bringing out the best in her students.” Two 11th-grade students even came to the Rotary event to support their teacher. 

Buckeye Union School District
Ann Harry received as much praise for what she does outside of the classroom as what she does inside.

William Brooks Elementary School Principal Kathi Jensen said the third-grade teacher “will never be old. She keeps up and keeps sharp to be on top of her game.” Harry, who lost a child to a brain tumor, has tirelessly dedicated her time to the cause, raising $250,000 for pediatric brain tumor research through the Sam Harry Foundation.

Rescue Union School District
Middle School English language learners teacher Norma Pettit demonstrated admirable commitment to her students, according to Asst. Superintendent David Swart, who said, ”Norma has gone beyond the call of duty. She’s involved in the lived of our students and their families.”

Pettit’s efforts to get families who do not speak English involved in the community are admirable, he continued. Pettit shared the credit for her success with fellow teacher Liz Ulmer, saying, “Every year we just want to better what we’ve done.”