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Meet the winners of the 2013 Excellence in Education awards

The 19th Annual Excellence in Education awards breakfast was held October 15 at the Visalia Convention Center. Thirty-four nominees, finalists and winners from districts and community colleges throughout Tulare County were recognized.

Excellence in Education awards
The winners were Porterville Unified's Gail Inman (School Employee of the Year), Tulare City School District's Susan Burley (Teacher of the Year), and Tulare City School District's recently retired Luis Castellanoz (Administrator of the Year).

A selection committee of 16 Tulare County business and educational leaders met in April to review the 34 nominations received from Tulare County school districts, the College of the Sequoias and Porterville College. Each nomination was reviewed and scored individually by every member of the selection committee.

"The winners are people who are committed to excellence in their respective areas of education," says Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak. "Each winner has gone 'above and beyond' in their educational careers, as well as in their service to their communities. We are fortunate to have many great teachers, school employees and administrators and to be able to honor them through this program."

To view a video of the winners and a list of all of the finalists and nominees, visit the Excellence in Education webpage.

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~ County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak (r) congratulates the three winners at the 19th annual Excellence in Education awards program: (l-r) Gail Inman, Susan Burley and Luis Castellanoz.