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Extraordinary educators from across county receive awards and grants at Santa Barbara County Education Office’s annual Education Celebration event

Extraordinary educators from across county receive awards and grants at Santa Barbara County Education Office’s annual Education Celebration event SBCEO and local business partners join forces to recognize more than 50 of the county’s finest teachers, administrators, and support staff 

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY – The 2022 Education Celebration, held on Thursday, May 26, 2022, placed a well-deserved spotlight on Santa Barbara County’s most exceptional educators. At the event, hosted by Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton, more than 50 grant and award winners were highlighted for their meaningful contributions and outstanding service to the school communities they serve. 

Awards and grants presented were the Bill Cirone Heart of Education Award, Marvin Melvin Career Technical Educator Awards, Santa Barbara Teachers Federal Credit Union Crystal Apple Educator Awards, Santa Barbara Bowl Performing Arts Teacher of the Year Award, Care for Our Earth Grants, Instructional Strategy Team Grants, Curriculum Project Grants, Performing Arts Curriculum Project Grants, Collaborative Learning Team Grants, QAD Teachnet Technology Grants. The outgoing and incoming Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year Award winners were also acknowledged. The recipients were selected by the SBCEO’s Teachers Network, which has provided $1.4 million in grants and awards since its establishment in 1983.Grants awarded will support innovative learning initiatives in all subject areas including environmental science, performing arts, and the integration of technology into the classroom. Grants were received by individual teachers and also teams of teachers from different schools who have collaborated on new instructional strategies.

“We are so pleased to be able to acknowledge and pay tribute to our county’s most exceptional educators,” said Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido. “They made invaluable contributions to our schools, and to our communities, enriching the lives of the students, staff, and families they serve. We also extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our community business partners for supporting the SBCEO Teachers Network grants and awards. Your generosity has a direct impact on student success and we are extremely thankful for your support.”

SBCEO appreciates those local businesses that provided grant funding:

  • Altrusa
  • Cox
  • Deckers
  • Fielding Graduate University
  • Frank Schipper Construction Co.
  • Montecito Bank & Trust
  • Noozhawk
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
  • QAD
  • Santa Barbara Bowl
  • Santa Barbara City College Foundation 
  • Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District
  • Santa Barbara County Water Agency
  • Santa Barbara Teachers Federal Credit Union
  • Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation
  • Santa Ynez Valley Foundation
  • The Towbes Foundation
  • TRADART Foundation

Below are links leading to details about each award, grant, and recipient. Congratulations to all!

SBCEO hosts two annual educator recognition events: Education Celebration, and A Salute to Teachers in the Fall.

For more information about the SBCEO Teachers Network:
Steve Keithley, Director, SBCEO Teachers Network
skeithley@sbceo.org | 805-964-4711 ext. 5281

For media inquiries, contact:
Camie Barnwell, SBCEO Director of Communications
cbarnwell@sbceo.org | 805-964-4710 ext. 5282