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The Ed Fund 2018

The Ed Fund recognizes and honors the excellence of five West Contra Costa Unified School District teachers and 15 scholarship winners at its 30th Annual Soaring to Excellence Celebration on May 11th. In addition, the Ed Fund highlights the work of its collaborative partners by giving its 2018 Collaborative Partner of the Year Award to Bay Area Community Resources; who demonstrates a high level of community engagement. Student performances by the Pinole Valley High School’s Band are also featured during the time of celebration.



2018 Teaching Excellence Award Winners

The five 2018 Teaching Excellence Award winners who are being honored at the Soaring to Excellence Celebration share a strong passion for instilling a love of learning within their students. By cautiously and thoughtfully incorporating creativity, adherence to high standards, profound knowledge of the subjects being taught, and consideration of individual differences, needs and strengths, these award winning teachers have raised the quality of education and have set a positive example as role models. Furthermore each teacher’s tireless dedication enables students to recognize their passions and assists them in reaching their goals.


Joanne Chen,

6th Grade Teacher, Mira Vista K-8

As an educator, Ms. Chen works to address all learning modalities by being mindful of students learning abilities. She accomplishes this by creating innovative and engaging lessons, which encompasses multiple interwoven components. Ms. Chen sets high expectations for her students and works tirelessly to ensure each and every student achieves them. Most importantly, she demonstrates the critical role of parent teacher engagement. She does this by keeping an open line of communication, and consistently updates parents on their child’s achievements.