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PV’s Conley picked Teacher of the Year

Nine exemplary teachers have been selected as their school district’s Teacher of the Year.

They are Sandi Kasting (Chicago Park SD), Lisa Kauffman (Clear Creek SD), Melody Arnett (Grass Valley SD), Leila Barber (NCSOS Yuba River Charter), Luke Browning (NJUHSD), Melissa Conley (Penn Valley Union Elementary SD), Jacqueline Hollister (Pleasant Ridge SD), Sarah Johnson (Twin Ridges Elementary SD) and Beth Buti (Union Hill SD).

“Teachers of the Year” is a program of the California Department of Education, which begins on a school district level and continues all the way through to a national program.



It is a voluntary program on the part of the districts and is a true honor to be selected for this recognition, as these teachers represent excellence in education in each of their academic arenas.

“(Teacher of the Year) is a voluntary program on the part of the districts and is a true honor to be selected for this recognition, as these teachers represent excellence in education in each of their academic arenas.”

This year the Nevada County-wide Teacher of the Year is Luke Browning, who teaches Agriculture Mechanics, along with all other aspects of the FFA program, at Nevada Union High School. Luke is a dedicated mentor and coach.




He spends many hours of time outside of the classroom coaching students in extra-curricular Future Farmers of America career development events.

His coaching has led to his teams winning state championships in both Extemporaneous Speaking and Advanced Parliamentary Procedure, and placed fourth in the nation in Parliamentary Procedure in 2014.

Luke is a member of the California Association of Teachers and is the current president of the California Agriculture Teachers Association (CATA) for the Superior Region. In 2010–11 Luke was named Superior Region CATA Outstanding Young Teacher for both the Shasta Section and for the Superior Region.

He has implemented many innovative programs, such as developing a new agriculture teacher mentorship program, and developed/organized a conference for new agriculture teachers in the Superior Region.

All nine school districts’ Teachers of the Year were honored at a recognition dinner on Oct. 1 by school board members, ACSA and NCSOS.


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