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030613 Jennings Branch

Autumn Jennings, left, and Laura Branch, both teachers at Righetti High School, were presented with awards at the 2013 SBCEO Teachers Network Grant Recognition Dinner.

The Santa Barbara County Education Office has honored 26 teachers from nine school districts with Care for our Earth grants for classroom projects that focused on saving energy and limiting pollution at school.

Awards were presented at the 2013 SBCEO Teachers Network Grant Recognition Dinner event Tuesday at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton.

Pioneer Valley High School’s Riccardo Magni, the 2012/13 Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year, presented the keynote address, along with Bill Cirone, Santa Barbara County Superintendent.

Five teachers received Teacher Innovation Grant awards, and 29 teachers were recognized for their innovative and effective curriculum projects.

Another 60 teachers earned Instructional Strategy Team Grant awards to implement the teaching practices that educators identify as effective.

Educators at Delta, Pioneer Valley, Righetti and Santa Maria high schools received a combined total of $7,300 in grant funding, and in the Santa Maria-Bonita School Districts, teachers took back a total of $12,900.

Smaller northern Santa Barbara County school districts earned significantly less: Teachers in the Blochman Union School District won three awards totaling $1,300.

Teachers at Joe Nightingale and Pine Grove elementary schools in Orcutt earned $2,500 in grant funding, and Tino Aleman, a teacher at Mary Buren Elementary School in Guadalupe, won a $300 grant.

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