Barrett Ranch Elementary School educator chosen teacher of the year

Corinne “Corrie” Traynor.
Corinne “Corrie” Traynor. Courtesy of State Department of Education

An Antelope teacher has been selected as one of the five outstanding educators in California for 2017.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced this week that Corinne “Corrie” Traynor, fifth-grade multi-subject teacher at Barrett Ranch Elementary School, is one of the top five teachers.

Traynor, who has been teaching for 22 years, including 15 at her current school, Barrett Ranch Elementary in the Dry Creek Joint Elementary Unified School District, said that her struggles with dyslexia and reading disability as a child helped focus her desire to excel at teaching.

She tells others in the teaching profession not to lower expectations for at-risk students, according to a state Department of Education news release.

“My message has always been that it is not about us, it is about the kids in our classroom seats,” Traynor said.

Dry Creek Unified’s Assistant Superintendent Jim Ferguson said Traynor excels in the classroom and as a leader on campus. “If I were to go back to a principalship and have to start building a staff, the first teacher I would want on my staff would be Corrie Traynor,” Ferguson said.

County offices of education nominate teachers through county-level competitions. A state selection committee reviews candidates and conducts school site visits. The teachers are interviewed by the state Department of Education before the state superintendent selects the five winners.

The other four selected by Torlakson are Megan Gross, autism spectrum disorder teacher in San Diego; Shaun S. Bunn, an eighth-grade math teacher in Riverside County; Yun Tzu Anderson, a science-tech elementary school teacher in San Diego County; and Isela Lieber, a high school English teacher in Los Angeles County.

The Teachers of the Year program, which began in 1972, strives to honor outstanding teachers and encourage people to enter the profession.

“Teachers play a pivotal role in helping young people get excited about learning and achieving success, but right now California is experiencing a significant shortage,” Torlakson said.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews