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Class notes
July 30, 2013, 05:00 AM

San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Anne Campbell announced two teachers were selected to receive 2014 County Teacher of the Year honors.

Diane M. Quiery Sexton, a transitional kindergarten (TK) teacher at Nesbit School in the Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District has been named as the 2014 San Mateo County Teacher of the Year for Elementary School. Quiery Sexton is a veteran teacher with 39 years of teaching experience, all in the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District. 

G. Amanda Kemp is the 2014 San Mateo County Teacher of Year for Middle and High School. Kemp teaches seventh grade English language arts and social studies at McNair Middle School in the Ravenswood City Elementary School District.

Ms. Kemp graduated from CSU Northridge and will complete a graduate degree in Education Administration in the fall. She is in her 16th year as an educator and during that time has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions. Over the past two years she has developed the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program at McNair Middle School. 


In June, the Adobe Foundation announce the winners of its second annual Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards, the only online competition inviting youth around the world to creatively express their vision for change in their communities. Among the winners is Andrew Elias, who attends Everest Public High School in Redwood City.

Winners and affiliated schools/organizations for each standard category receive software, hardware, a trip to attend the 2013 AYV Summit in San Jose and a charitable donation to a cause of their choice. The UNICEF Challenge first- and second-place winners receive $40,000 and $30,000 grants, respectively, dedicated to implementing the winning project proposals.


In March and April, the Rotary Club of Menlo Park passed out 131 dictionaries to third graders at local Menlo Park schools as part of a Rotary project to encourage literacy and education. Thirteen Rotarians from the Menlo Park club helped hand out the dictionaries to the classrooms. Rotary Club dues help pay for the dictionaries so that the children can have them at no cost. The Menlo Park Rotary Club is planning on distributing dictionaries to every third grader in Menlo Park schools during the 2013–14 school year.

Class notes is a column dedicated to school news. It is compiled by education reporter Angela Swartz. You can contact her at (650) 344-5200, ext. 105 or at



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