The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce recently recognized the city’s top teachers in a ceremony sponsored by PG&E, demonstrating the utility’s commitment to education and the community.
PG&E, the “Gold Star” sponsor of the 26th annual Education & Business Partnership Breakfast, presented a $15,000 check to the chamber. That money is distributed directly to the recognized teachers and schools. PG&E has donated $118,000 over the past eight years to support the event.
“Teachers today face ever-increasing challenges and the nominees being honored are representative of the many outstanding educators who are committed to making that extra effort to inspire their students, make learning exciting and help students recognize their connection to the community,” said Carl Campbell, the board’s chairman.
The chamber recognized 40 teachers, ranging from pre-school to four-year universities. One or two teachers from each category won the Excellence in Education Award:
- Rosalba Ramos, Community Action Partnership Head Start teacher
- Don Feige, Helen Lehman Elementary School 6th grade teacher
- Peggy Searby, Meadow View Elementary School 5th grade teacher
- Mary Ann Simon, Hilliard Comstock Middle School algebra teacher
- Chris Berg, Montgomery High School science teacher
- Sandi Lacey, Piner High School social science teacher
- Laura Rosenthal, Empire College legal department instructor
- Karina Nielsen, Sonoma State University associate professor of biology