Sara Meece Wins 2018 Sacramento County Charter Teacher of the Year Award

June 26, 2017

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Charter school teacher advances to statewide competition for California Teacher of the Year


Caity Heim
California Charter Schools Association

(Sacramento, CA) - Today, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is proud to announce that Sara Meece, Middle School Math and Science Teacher at the California Montessori Project (CMP) American River Campus in Fair Oaks, was named the 2018 Sacramento County Charter Teacher of the Year. Meece now advances to the Sacramento County Teacher of the Year competition, organized by the Sacramento County Office of Education. The winner of the county competition will be announced in August 2017 who will then advance to the statewide competition.

"CCSA is proud to honor Sara as the 2018 Sacramento County Charter Teacher of the Year for her commitment to providing a high-quality education to her students, a key ingredient to the success of California's charter public school sector," said Laura Kerr, Managing Regional Director, Northeast and Central Valley, CCSA. "Meece's efforts to ensure that her students are thriving academically extends beyond the four walls of her classroom and the greater California Montessori Project community. Her efforts are setting an example for educators across the Sacramento community on ways they too can continually improve the education they provide students."

Meece has been an educator for more than 12 years in the greater Sacramento region, working most recently at the CMP American River Campus in Fair Oaks. Though Meece initially started her profession as a multi-subject educator, she was assigned to middle school math and science where she hit the ground running. Throughout her profession, she has helped countless students succeed in the classrooms and prepared them for a smooth transition from middle school to high school.

"Meece's efforts are widely-lauded within the CMP network," said CMP's Executive Director, Gary Bowman. "Sara's commitment and dedication extend beyond her students to the larger learning community, including families and her teaching colleagues. Sara will be an exceptional ambassador, representing California charter schools and the teaching profession at-large."

In addition to serving at CMP American River Campus' middle school math and science teacher, Meece holds many leadership and mentorship roles. She is a Rosetta Stone Campus Mentor, a Network Middle School Meeting Coordinator, a New Teacher Induction Mentor, and a Curriculum Level Lead Teacher, all of which allow her to provide support and mentorship to her peers. She is also able to contribute to the greater network of CMP schools in her position as a teacher representative for the CMP Governing Board. Next year, she will become a teacher on special assignment, coaching middle school teachers throughout the CMP network on how to improve their curriculum and instruction.

Meece received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Credential from California State University, Sacramento, as well as her Secondary I Montessori Teaching Credential, American Montessori Society (AMS) for ages 12-15 from Houston Montessori Center.

Sacramento County Charter Teacher of the Year Program Process

Each year, the Sacramento County Office of Education invites CCSA to facilitate the selection of a local charter school teacher who demonstrates excellence in teaching to participate in the Sacramento County Teacher of the Year program, a program designed to highlight excellent teaching practices and dedicated teachers in Sacramento County. Teacher of the Year nominees are observed and selected by a committee of Sacramento charter school leaders. Winners go on to become ambassadors for the charter school movement and for the broader education community and compete in the statewide competition where they are chosen as California Teachers of the Year.

About California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association's vision is to increase student learning by growing the number of families choosing high quality charter public schools so that no child is denied the right to a great public education. Our mission is to ensure a million students attend charter public schools by 2022, with charter public schools outperforming non-charter public schools on every measure. We do this by serving as the advocacy organization that builds the policy environment needed to grow as quickly as possible the number of students attending high quality charter public schools. For more information, please visit our website at