Vicki McGuire....2016-2017 AUSD Teacher of the Year!
Vicki began her teaching career as a 1st/2nd grade bilingual teacher in Oakland, California. She came to Antioch Unified School District in 1992 as a 4th grade teacher at Sutter Elementary School. She moved to John Muir Elementary school for four years before returning to Sutter Elementary where she has taught 5th grade ever since.
Vicki is passionate about learning. While growing up in Ohio, she admired many of her teachers, particularly in elementary school, and knew that she wanted to teach. She felt a deep connection with her teachers and knew that they cared about her. By the time she was in 5th grade, she was helping in the second grade and special education class. Vicki understands the importance of developing trusting relationships with families of diverse backgrounds. She stated “when I build a caring relationship with a student, I can see that child blossom with confidence and knowledge.” She believes it is her responsibility to instill positive character traits in her student as well as teaching them the curriculum. She is confident when children leave her class, they are not only smarter, but kinder people as well. Vicki knows that every day she has a chance to make a difference in a child’s life. It can be a special, encouraging look across the room during a challenging test or a gentle hug after a difficult day.
Vicki’s philosophy of teaching includes the quote from Mother Theresa “Do small things with great love.” Every day, she does her best to live up to those words in her classroom. At the beginning of each school year, her class spends time getting to know each other and establishing ground rules for effective communication. Her strength is that she accepts each student as they come to her. She appreciates and values their differences and strives to meet them where they are in their educational journey. She provides multiple opportunities for her students to experience and grasp concepts and because of that, they succeed. Success is when a student says, “I get it now! I didn’t get it yesterday, but today I do!”
Staff Recogntion Programs
Teacher of the Year
The District recognizes all AUSD teachers by selecting a representative for Teacher of the Year. Any employee may nominate a teacher for the Teacher of the Year Representative. The teacher nominated should have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and co-workers. They should play an active and useful role in their community as well as in their schools, often distinguishing themselves as leaders. Nominees must be permanent and must spend the majority of their time instructing students. This recognition is done in collaboration with the County Office of Education and the Certificated Human Resources Department.
Classified Representative of the Year
The District and Personnel Commission recognizes and honors classified employees by selecting an AUSD classified employee as a representative of all the outstanding classified employees in the District. Any employee can nominate a classified employee for this award. This program is annual, and it is supported by the Classified Human Resources Department.
Acknowledgement of Service Anniversary Dates
A stable and productive workforce is crucial to any organization, public or private. AUSD is extremely proud of the dedication shown by its employees and the number of employees who have dedicated many years of service. Classified employees are recognized with a letter of appreciation and certificate beginning with five years of service and every five years thereafter. This program is supported by the Classified Human Resources Department.