Five Shasta County Teachers of the Year to Speak at Teachers Summit at Simpson University

REDDING, Calif.—Five Shasta County Teachers of the Year from 2017-18 and 2018-19 will be featured panelists during a special Better and Stronger Together event at Simpson University on Thursday, Jan. 17.

The free event, from 4 to 7 p.m. inside the James M. Grant Student Life Center, also includes dinner and the chance to win prizes such as an iPad and Echo Dot. All California educators—including administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, etc., from public, private charter, and homeschools—are welcome. Register online at

This year’s theme is personalized learning. Participants will hear via video from Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally acclaimed expert on creativity and innovation; then local panelists will talk about their experiences, as well as answer questions.

Panelists include 2017-18 Teachers of the Year Holly Jones (Boulder Creek Elementary), Jennifer Marty (Sequoia Middle), and Matt Fowler (Foothill High), and 2018-19 Teachers of the Year Brian Grigsby (Shasta High) and Paul Burbank (Millville Elementary).


This is the fourth year Simpson University has served as one of the host sites for a Better Together: California Teachers Summit. The university had to postpone the original event, which took place statewide on July 27, due to the Carr Fire.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer a dinner and panel discussion in the Better Together format for North State teachers, administrators, teacher candidates, instructional aides, school psychologists, librarians, and all educators,” said Dr. Craig Cook, dean of Simpson’s School of Education. “It isn’t often that you get five county Teachers of the Year together in the same room. We hope many will take advantage of this free network and resource-sharing event and bring a colleague or two or three.”


Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The School of Education has graduated more than 2,500 students, many of whom teach or serve as school administrators in Northern California. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit