On Friday, August 10th, the long-awaited 11th Annual Santa Cruz County Teacher of the Year Awards Dinner Ceremony, took place at the Americana/Quality Inn Mayan Ballroom. With the soft contemporary/classical sounds of Ivan Orellana in the background and the room decorated in Dr. Seuss motif, the 21 nominated teachers made their way in and took their seats. The extraordinary group of teachers was accompanied by their principals, family and over 250 guests gathered to honor them. The event was co-sponsored by Santa Cruz County School Superintendent Alfredo I. Velasquez and the Nogales Rotary Club and spearheaded by the Santa Cruz County School Superintendents Special Events Coordinator Patricia Barraza-Preciado.
The night started with the Rio Rico ROTC presenting the colors and then superseded by Mr. Velásquez recognizing the incredible roles our county teachers play with the young children of our future. The opening ceremonies were quickly followed by Mr. Velasquez, Ms. Barraza-Preciado, and Mr. Gamillo, treating the guests with fabulous raffle prizes, donated by businesses from around the county and a wonderful dinner.
As the night progressed, each of the teachers was introduced by Mr. Alfredo I. Velasquez and a short portion of their philosophy on teaching was played as they took the stage. One by one, each teacher was awarded a trophy and a platter consisting of $350.00 in cash and prizes.
A panel of five amazing and dedicated judges from every corner of the county was given the task of choosing our 2018 Teacher of the Year for Santa Cruz County. We would like to announce that Ms. MELISSA JAUREGUI from Calabasas Elementary School, has been named the 2018 Santa Cruz County Teacher of the Year. Ms. Jauregui will now represent Santa Cruz County at the state competition in Phoenix, in November.
Ms. Jauregui was awarded the Teacher of the Year Trophy, $1,000 check, Stainless steel gas BBQ grill donated by Home Depot, Samsung Galaxy Tablet, $100.00 certificate from Nogales Customs Brokers and $1,000.00 in Professional Development/classroom supplies donated by the Santa Cruz County School Superintendents Office, one night stay/golf for two at Tubac Golf Resort, Jostens ring, Wells Fargo basket, Meals for two at Zarape Restaurant, one night stay at Americana Hotel and one night stay at Holiday Inn Express and $150.00 from South 32.
We also want to congratulate Teacher of the Year Runner-up, Bracker Elementary School Teacher, Ms. GYNNA YVETTE ROSAS. Ms. Rosas was awarded the Runner-up trophy along with a $500 check, a gas BBQ grill, Samsung Galaxy Tablet, $500.00 in Professional Development/classroom supplies donated by Santa Cruz County School Superintendents Office, $75.00 Walmart certificate from Nogales Customs Brokers, $150.00 Tubac Golf Resort certificate, one night stay at Americana and Candlewood Suites and $75.00 South 32.
We would like to thank each and every one of our Sponsors’ and Donors’ that made this event possible. Without the help of these incredible people, the event would not be the success it is.
Thank you to the following:
Santa Cruz Valley Unified #35 Mr. David Verdugo
NUSD School District #1 Mr. Fernando Parra
South 32 Hermosa Mr. Greg Lucero
First Bank of Yuma Mr. David Esquivel
McDonald’s Corporation Ms. Lee Ann Richards
Sierra Seed Company Ms. Sabrina Hallman
Panousopoulos Educational Foundation Mr. Dino Panousopoulos
Mariposa Health Center Mr. Ed Sicurello
Jeong & Lizardi, P.C. Mr. David Jeong
Nogales Rotary Club Mr. Edmundo Gamillo
Nogales Lions Club Ms. Claudia Wise
NHS Hall of Fame Dr. Arnoldo Montiel
Unisource Corporation Mr. Roberto Guevara /Ms. Norma Lucero
Croppers Auto Center Mr. Bill Swoger/Ms. Penny Nelson
J-C Distributing Mr. Jaime Chamberlain
Santa Cruz County School Superintendent Mr. Alfredo Velásquez
AXA Advisors Mr. Andres Escobedo
Mr. and Mrs. Hector Ramirez
Senator Andrea Dalessandro
Gustavo Rigoli Trust Mr. Gustavo Rigoli
Shannon Brokerage Mr. Terry Shannon
Santa Fe Ranch Mr. Antony Sedgewick
Coogan and Martin, P.C. Mr. Dan Coogan
Walmart Mr. Jim Grow
Ms. Gail Zamar
Mr. Frank Calixtro
Adair’s Mortuary Mr. Alex Zuniga
Nogales Woman’s Club Ms. Martha Valenzuela
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Valenzuela
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Scott
Mr. and Mrs. Greg Kory
Ms. Irene Molera
Wise Trucking Mr. and Mrs. George Wise
Tubac Resort and Spa Mr. Ricardo Velez
Home Depot Mr. Martin Lopez
Elvira’s Restaurant Mr. Ricardo Garcia
Sunshine Dentistry Dr. Bill Ardito
SCC Treasurer Ms. Liz Gutfahr
SCC Manager Ms. Jennifer St. John
SCC Supervisor Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Molera
SCC Recorder Ms. Suzie Sainz/Ms. Mary Lou Sainz
Zula’s Restaurant Papachoris Familly
Jostens Ring Company Mr. Jim Grossi
Preciado Art Mr. Luis Preciado
Nogales Customs Brokers Mr. Fernando Sandoval
Santa Cruz Chile Ms. Armida Castro
Quality Inn Mr. Ken Loc
Ragazzi Restaurant Mr. Jorge Leon
Zarape Ms. Socorro Hernandez
Rascon Stylist Ms. Angelica Rascon
Adairs Mr. Alex Zuniga
Damar Hair Salon Ms. Gabriela Denogan
United Way Ms. Marcela Chavez
Hilltop Gallery Ms. Janice Johnson
La Cucaracha de Tubac Mr. Angel Fernandez
Roosters Mr. Ruben Valencia
La Roca Restaurant Ms. Alicia Martin
Wells Fargo Bank Mr. Edmundo Gamillo
Ms. Kathy Romero
Mr. and Mrs. Herb Wisdom
Holiday Inn Express
Again, thank you to all the Sponsors, Donors, Judges, Teachers and Guests who have been with us year after year. You and only you make this event so special and such a wonderful event in which so many look forward to attending. Next year, we will be celebrating our 12th Annual Awards dinner and we look forward to seeing you all there.
Santa Cruz County School Superintendent’s Office, Mr. Alfredo Velasquez, Nogales Rotary Club and Ms. Patricia Barraza-Preciado.