Imperial – First grade teacher from the Imperial Unified School District, Randi Ryan, has been selected as the Imperial County Teacher of the Year, for this coming school year.
Mrs. Ryan has taught for a total of 19 years, most of which has been at T.L. Waggoner Elementary in Imperial. Of note, she is one of the teachers that will inaugurate the new elementary school in Imperial, Cross Elementary, when school begins this August. Mrs. Ryan was also recognized recently by Association of California School Administrators as one of the Imperial County teachers of the year at a dinner this past May in El Centro.
Based upon Imperial County’s student enrollment of 38,000 for grades Kinder through 12th grade, the Imperial County Office of Education can nominate one local teacher to the California Department of Education to be considered for the California Teacher of the Year Program. If selected as one of the California’s Teachers of the Year, Mrs. Ryan would be showcased as a shining example of the over 300,000 teachers in the state! Annually, the CDE selects five teachers to serve as California’s Teachers of the Year from the nominations they receive from county offices of education throughout the state.
In Imperial County, a committee at the County Office of Education is tasked with recommending a single nominee to represent the outstanding work of Imperial County teachers from the nominations received from school districts county-wide.
Mrs. Ryan is an alumna of both IVC and SDSU here in Imperial Valley. Randi and her husband Shawn live in Imperial and they have an adult son who is married and lives in Korea while deployed with the U.S. Army.