In recognition of California Day of the Teacher (May 8) and Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5 to 11), here are 10 inspiring educators — from preschool teachers to college instructors — working in schools across northern Santa Barbara County. Last week, the Santa Barbara County Education Office named Michele Frantz, a first grade teacher at Joe Nightingale Elementary School in Orcutt, as the county's teacher of the year.

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