In recognition of National Teacher Appreciation Day, Desert Sands Unified School District is celebrating the accomplishments of two Riverside County teachers of the year:  Indio High School’s Thomas Buck, and Palm Desert Charter Middle School’s Jodi Fecera.

In celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 5, the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) is premiering four videos highlighting the extraordinary work of the Riverside County Teachers of the Year. Two of them are below.

“Like many of our teachers in Riverside County, these outstanding educators use their own personal experience to inspire students to succeed. These are veteran teachers who build connections beyond the curriculum to reach the students, families, and communities to change the lives of our students for the better,” said Dr. Judy D. White, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools. “Great teaching should be celebrated any time—whether it’s done remotely, on Zoom, or in the classroom.”

Jodi Fecera is a family and consumer sciences teacher at Palm Desert Charter Middle School, Desert Sands Unified School District. Students in Ms. Fecera’s class learn practical lessons that they will use both in and out of the kitchen for the rest of their lives. Experiencing new challenges, exploring their creative potential, and collaborating as a team, are just a few of the lessons that are cooked up for her middle school students every day. Prior to her current teaching assignment, Ms. Fecera has also taught Life Skills, French, Renaissance Leadership, Foundations in Personal Finance, English 3-D, Study Skills, Read 180, Corrective Reading, and Reading.  She never hesitates to teach a course based on what students need.

Tom Buck, a digital media career and technical education teacher at Indio High School, Desert Sands Unified School District, is the career and technical education teacher for IMPACT—the Institute of Media Production Arts and Creative Technology. Mr. Buck began his educational career as an English teacher, but shifted to helping students develop skills in filmmaking, graphic design, audio production, broadcast, animation, and leadership in preparation for postsecondary education and careers in the arts, media, and entertainment industry sector. IMPACT serves more than 200 students each year with the focus on teaching digital literacy. Student-led productions continue to receive local, state, and national recognitions year after year.

On National Teacher Appreciation Day, Tuesday, May 5, Dr. White will share a special video message honoring teachers along with video clips submitted by the public. RCOE will be gathering submissions through social media. Videos will be shared through social media including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube as well as posted to RCOE’s website. A special video recognizing the teachers of Desert Sands Unified School District with an introduction by Superintendent Scott Bailey will also be shared.

The Riverside County Teachers of the Year are selected from nearly 20,000 educators in the county. The rigorous application process requires candidates to spend time reflecting on, and carefully defining, their teaching philosophy. The county teachers of the year are selected by a diverse committee of educational professionals and community members.





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