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September 12, 2016 (Santee) -- An East County teacher is among five San Diego County instructors named teachers of the year.  The winners were nominated by their school districts out of 26,000 teachers countywide and were honored at a ”Salute to Teachers” gala event on Saturday.

Brooke Crocker teaches history and honors geography at Santana High School in Santee, where she also coaches the Academic League. She believes assessing her students’ needs is crucial to helping them succeed.  Her assistant principal has said Crocker inspires a love of learning in her students. Crocker also helped students through the emotional trauma in 2001 after a teens shot 15 people at Santana High, killing two students.

“I realized that the power of the student-teacher connection went beyond textbooks and lectures to a true understanding of the heart,” Crocker said in her application.

Crocker will represent San Diego County in the California Teacher of the Year competition. 

Finalists for the competition were chosen based on student achievement and accountability, teaching philosophy, familiarity with education issues, professional development and community involvement. Each teacher also provided a personal essay.

The Salute to Teachers TV program will be aired on Channel 4 and Channel 16 several times in upcoming weeks and will also be available after October 1st through Cox on Demand.

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