Kudos to: Margaret Ferguson, UC Davis professor
Accomplishment: Named the 2014 president of the Modern Language Association
Details: The association is the largest professional organization advocating for the teaching of language and literature. The association, founded in 1883, traditionally focuses on college-level teaching. Ferguson joined the UC Davis faculty in 1997.
Kudos to: Warren Popp, Keema High School substitute teacher
Accomplishment: Received the Arthur S. Marmaduke Award as California's high school counselor of the year
Details: Popp, 80, was hired in 1957 at the former Del Paso Junior High School. He moved on to a counseling position at Grant Union High School in 1965. He also worked as a counselor at Foothill High School from 1972 to 1993, when he officially retired from the district. He soon returned to substitute teach.
Kudos to: Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento
Accomplishment: Handed out 500 free backpacks to students at Bannon Creek Elementary School
Details: The third annual backpack giveaway benefits students in Dickinson's 7th Assembly District. Backpack sponsors included Wells Fargo, Comcast and BagKing.com.