By Susan Winlow
A Fairfield High School history teacher and a classified employee from Lincoln Elementary School in Vallejo took home top honors Wednesday at Solano County’s Educator of the Year award ceremony.
Both Jeanine Cortes, an office manager whose father and son went to Lincoln, and Shari Patterson were emotional as their names were called during the ceremony at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center. Both won among a pool of district winners and will move on to the state contest.
This is the second year in a row that the Fairfield-Suisun School District has taken home top educator honors. Last year’s Teacher of the Year was Michelle Labelle-Fisch from K.I. Jones Elementary School, who went on to become a state semifinalist.