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Rona Zollinger Is The Martinez Teacher of the Year

The New Leaf: A Sustainable Living Collaborative instructor is also a finalist for the Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year.

Rona Zolliger, a teacher at New Leaf: A Sustainable Living Collaborative, part of Vicente Martinez High School, has been chosen to be the Martinez Teacher of the Year. 

In addition, Zollinger is also one of three teachers to make finalist for the Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year award, which will be decided in August. 

The selection of Zollinger as one of three is quite an accomplishment, given that there are nearly 8,000 teachers in Contra Costa County. She was selected as the

Zollinger teaches environmental studies and all core subjects to her students at the collaborative. The students are able to learn the subjects they study by getting out into the field and participating in hands-on projects and real-world situations. 

"Rona Zollinger brings with her a passion and a talent for teaching that is rarely seen among her peers," said Martinez Unified School District Superintendent Rami Muth. "One of Rona’s main gifts is her ability to bring together people with diverse perspectives and work for a common goal. Rona is a leader of courage and insight and one who is not afraid to move forward even when others are reluctant to follow.  She is a truly gifted educator." 

Kayleen Parks June 02, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Way to go Ronna! As both a past parent and as a fellow educator I am really happy to see Ronna's work recognized.
Marjorie Cook June 02, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Congratulations Rona! You make a difference in so many kids lives. We are all grateful to have someone like you in our community.
Lori Larman June 02, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I have always that Martinez has some of the best teacher's. Even as far back as when I went to school in 1972.
Scott Williams June 02, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Congratulations Ronna! What you've done with the environmental studies program is remarkable. You deserve the award and thanks for helping all the kids you have over the years. Scott
Rona Zollinger June 03, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Thanks for all the wonderful support. Martinez is such an amazing community! Here is to a decade of sustainable education in town!

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