American Canyon math instructor wins Napa County Teacher of the Year
Ron Eick has become the first instructor at American Canyon High School to win Napa County Teacher of the Year
“To be a finalist is an honor,” said Eick last Wednesday at a ceremony held at Riverbend Plaza at the Historic Napa Mill. “But to win, it’s amazing.”
Eick, who teaches mathematics, was one of four finalists for Teacher of the Year, orchestrated by the Napa County Office of Education.
The other finalists were Chloe Faris and Jessica Mautner from Snow Elementary School and Christie Wolf from New Technology High School.
Each finalist received a $500 check from Napa Noon Rotary Club and a bottle of wine. Eick received an additional check for $1,000 from Schools Financial Credit Union.
There were 181 nominees for Teacher of the Year from across the Napa Valley.
A committee consisting of representatives from NCOE, the Napa Valley Unified School District, St. Helena Unified School District, the Napa Valley Education Foundation and NapaLearns screened applicants and decided the winner.
After announcing Eick had won, county Superintendent Barbara Nemko said: “His passion in life is that we all can think that math can be fun, which is a tough mountain to climb.”