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RHS educator named Teacher of the Year

Peer Helping teacher and Antelope High School teacher earn title for local district
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Roseville High School teacher Valerie Erb recently earned the title of Teacher of the Year for the Roseville Joint Union High School District.

The district includes eight schools. She was previously voted Teacher of the Year at her site.

“It’s touching,” Erb said. “Last year, we had the ‘Make a Difference’ award from the principal. I received that award. I’m newer to Roseville High School, and it means a lot to me.”

Antelope High School teacher Kristin Patten also received this recognition from the district, and both educators will next be considered for Placer County Teacher of the Year. Patten teaches social science and serves as activities director.

Erb, who has been at Roseville High School five years, teaches the Peer Helping classes. The elective course teaches students the process of helping another person through peer leadership, peer counseling, conflict management, peer mediation, team building and other interpersonal skills.

“I feel I already won,” Erb said. “(My colleagues) see something in these kids. I’m just impressed with my students. They made me look good.”

She said Peer Helping has made a difference on campus, as expulsion and suspension rates have declined and overall there’s an improved atmosphere.

After Erb and Patten were selected by their respective schools as top teacher, they faced interviews with six district administrators.

Now, they’re spending summer responding to dozens of questions about their classroom environment, proudest moments, hardest moments and more for the Placer County Office of Education competition. Placer County’s Teacher of the Year will be named in late 2011.

~ Sena Christian