Tulare County Excellence in Education

The Excellence in Education Awards began in Tulare County in 1995. The purpose of the Excellence in Education Awards is to recognize school employees in Tulare County who exemplify the best in education and a commitment to Tulare County students. The event, which is a co-sponsorship between Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak and EECU, honors the Administrator/Manager of the Year, Teacher of the Year and School Employee of the Year. A sculpture entitled "Graduation Day" was created by the late artist Clement Renzi and was commissioned by EECU. He also created a smaller version entitled "The Graduate," which is given to each award winner. All nominees receive a framed, numbered, personalized limited-edition print of "The Graduation Day" sculpture. The winners, finalists and nominees are recognized at a breakfast and awards ceremony held at the Visalia Convention Center and funded by EECU.

For more information, view the Tulare County Office of Education Special Event website at http://www.tcoe.org/SpecialEvents/ExcellenceInEducation/index.shtm 

2015 Tulare County Excellence in Education Program

2015 Award Winners

Employee of the Year

Evelia Alvarez

Evelia Alvarez
School Counselor
Pioneer Middle School
Porterville Unified School District


Administrator of the Year

Leticia Trevino

Leticia Trevino
Golden Valley Elementary School
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District


Teacher of the Year

Christopher Cumiford

Christopher Cumiford
Social Science Instructor
Visalia Technical Early College High School
Visalia Unified School District