Madera County Excellence in Education

The Madera County Excellence in Education Awards program began in 2007 as a partnership between the Madera County Office of Education and EECU. Each year this program proudly recognizes the outstanding achievements and commitments of Madera County teachers, school administrators, and school employees. Each year, awards are presented at a formal evening ceremony at the Madera Municipal Golf Course, funded by EECU. This program celebrates the educators' achievements and successes, and shares their vision with the entire education community. Each winner receives a personalized engraved trophy. All other nominees received a framed art print of the original trophy. This program recognizes Madera County's best-of-the-best, whose passion for education is demonstrated every day inside and outside of the classroom.

2016 Madera County Program

2016 Award Winners

Employee of the Year


Jacinta Bento
Support Service Clerk
Wilson Middle School
Chowchilla Elementary School District


Administrator of the Year

Doreen Castillo

Doreen Castillo
Assistant Principal
Chowchilla High School
Chowchilla Union High School District


Teacher of the Year

Tricia Ruiz

Tricia Ruiz
Special Education Preschool Teacher
Coarsegold Elementary
Madera County Office of Education