Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Foothill's very own Tami Raaker for being named the Tri-Valley ROP Teacher of the Year.

Raaker was among 18 Alameda County teachers honored this fall with Teacher of the Year recognitions. Each county school district and three regional occupational programs (ROP) have teachers who were recognized.

"I was flattered," Raaker said. "I was honored. A lot of what we do (as teachers) is above and beyond the call of duty. My recognition as Teacher of the Year makes me feel like someone recognizes that value, that it matters, it's worthwhile."

Teachers throughout the county were nominated by their peers in May. Once Raaker was chosen, she was asked to submit a portfolio of her work and seven (yes, seven!) essays. She was videotaped at work for the October awards ceremony.

The day of the videotaping "was really neat because the kids felt proud," Raaker said. "It was almost as though they were being recognized. It's just so exciting. It really felt like the kids were behind me."

The awards ceremony where all 18 teachers were commended was a wonderful experience, Raaker said.

"It was a really awesome ceremony," she said. "It made you feel like you were at the Academy Awards. The most rewarding part and a lot of what I do is preparing kids for life, keeping them on task for their future goals. It's nice to think that someone else saw that commitment."

Raaker will represent the Tri-Valley ROP program as Teacher of the Year for a full year. She teaches marketing and economics of business ownership and is adviser for DECA, a marketing club.

"It's a nice feeling to think that you're appreciated and valued, not only by your colleagues, but by your students," Raaker said. "I feel very fortunate."

Please click here for a two-minute video about Raaker.

PHOTO: Tami Raaker (center) with Alameda County Superintendent Sheila Jordan and a Wells Fargo executive.

By Zoe Francis
Posted Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012