Santa Barbara County Education Office, Downtown Rotary Club of Santa Barbara present teacher recognition to Staci Hendricks for the spring quarter

The Santa Barbara County Education Office and the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara are pleased to announce Staci Hendricks as the Rotary Club's recipient of the Teacher Recognition Award for the 2021 spring quarter. On May 21, the Rotary Club provided Hendricks with a plaque and $1,000. Hendricks is a resource teacher for fifth and sixth-grade students at Peabody Charter School, where she has taught for five years.

"We celebrate Ms. Hendricks' dedication and commitment to each of her students at Peabody. Resource teachers like Ms. Hendricks are so skilled at developing creative and meaningful learning experiences for children," said County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Salcido, whose office coordinates the recognition with the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara. "Recognitions like these put a spotlight on educators, education, and the investments our community partners make in people who make a difference. Thanks to the Rotary Club for supporting teachers and our schools," Salcido continued.

Ms. Hendricks supervisor, Armando Uribe, Program Facilitator in Special Education for Santa Barbara Unified School District, said, "Staci Hendricks has navigated the COVID-19 situation with grace and a can-do attitude. Her tenacity has allowed her to support the needs of both her families and her students throughout the hardships of the pandemic. She has demonstrated her compassion with her students and peers and is always ready to lend a hand in helping them with what they need."

The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara has honored outstanding teachers from South Coast schools each year since 1986. The club awards a secondary, elementary, and special education teacher with a certificate and a $1,000 check to spend on classroom needs.

Hendricks plans to use the funds to implement gamification into her classroom. She will develop incentives for students who make gains in their reading level and create a student store where students can work on money management and their math skills. It is a tool she's successfully implemented before. 

"The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara has a long tradition of supporting the youth in our community. Honoring outstanding teachers like Ms. Hendricks is one way we do that," said Dean Axelrod, teacher recognition coordinator for the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara. "There are so many outstanding teachers here, and the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara's Teacher Recognition Award program is our way of showing how grateful we are for their work.

Hendricks received a Master's Degree in Teaching from Seattle University and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Linfield College, in McMinnville, OR.