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California High's Shanna Gagnon Named County Teacher of the Year Finalist!

shannaShanna Gagnon, a teacher at California High School, was selected as a finalist for the Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year!


Although Shanna Gagnon always wanted to be a teacher, circumstances led her to first pursue a business career. Her second career as a teacher began with the realization that she most enjoyed her role mentoring new employees, leading her to earn a teaching credential.


Shanna taught history first in the Acalanes and Martinez Unified School Districts until landing at California High School in 2013, where she happily remains. She has found her passion teaching students in the iQuest program, a course where student learning meets the real world through internships. Under Shanna’s leadership, the program has grown to serve more than 100 students each year and more than 60 community partnerships.


"Shanna is one of the remarkable educators who is able to bring learning to life for her students. She believes strongly in connecting students with their passion to prepare them in high school for everything that comes next," said California High School principal, Sarah Cranford.


"Our iQuest students leave Cal High with a vision and direction for their future goals and better prepared than anyone who they will come up against.  Shanna's students enter her classes as high school students and leave as critical thinkers, effective communicators, passionate leaders and self-aware adults," she added.


Shanna is a frequent presenter at school, district, and community events where she shares her love of learning and her belief in the power of community. In addition to her teaching credential from St. Mary’s College, she has a B.A. in History and Business Economics from U.C. Santa Barbara and a Career Technical Education Credential from UC Berkeley.


Shanna and three other educators were chosen by a committee that reviewed and rated applications for the 21 Teachers of the Year representing public school districts across the county. 


The two winners are set to be announced during a banquet in Concord on Sept. 27 that will also honor all 21 district-level Teachers of the Year from throughout the county.

Posted by: Meaghan K, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District Published:4/19/18
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