Junior high science teacher Jason Sanchez, from the El Centro Elementary School District, has been honored as Imperial County Teacher of the Year. Sanchez’s teaching journey began in Winterhaven at the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District over two decades ago. Throughout his career, he has taught a range of subjects, including English language arts, math, and science. Currently, he serves as an 8th-grade science teacher at John F. Kennedy Middle School in El Centro within the El Centro Elementary School District.
Dr. Todd Finnell, County Superintendent of Schools, praised Sanchez, saying, “Mr. Sanchez is an excellent example of the quality of teachers we have in Imperial County. He has a remarkable ability to connect with students and ignite their passion for learning, whether in the science classroom or on the field as a coach. Mr. Sanchez is a standout educator and our nominee for California’s Teacher of the Year.”
Imperial County’s K-12 student enrollment stands at 37,000, allowing the Imperial County Office of Education to nominate one local teacher to the California Department of Education for consideration in the 2024 California Teacher of the Year Program. If selected, Sanchez would become one of California’s five Teachers of the Year.
In Imperial County, a committee comprising local educational leaders from school districts and the Imperial County Office of Education is responsible for recommending a single nominee to represent the exceptional efforts of Imperial County teachers, based on nominations received from school districts countywide.