All of El Dorado County should be proud that one of its high school teachers won statewide recognition. We’re certainly impressed that Oak Ridge High School teacher Steven Seely was selected State High School Educator of the Year.
Seely was awarded that distinction after the California League of High Schools sifted through 90 applications and listened to 22 oral pressentations. The 90 nominees came from throughout the state.
Seely teaches social science and is assistant tennis coach. With 25 years in the teaching profession, he has a Master’s in American History from the University of California at Los Angeles and has broadened his educational background with fellowships at Harvard, Stanford and Brown University. He previously was a curriculum developer for the Teachers Curriculum Institute and a teacher trainer for elementary and secondary teachers.
Seely was nominated by his principal, having already been named Oak Ridge Teacher of the Year three times.
“Steve is an incredible teacher and very focused on the development of students,” said Principal Steve Wehr.
That really sums up what makes a good teacher. High school teachers can have a substantial influence on students, with many remembering them for better or worse for the rest of their lives. In the case of Steve Seely, the lasting impression on his students is obviously a positive one, which makes this honor especially impressive.