Thorner Elementary Teacher Selected as Teacher of the Year

May 9, 2019 - Germaine Maurer, 6th Grade Teacher at Thorner Elementary, has been selected as one of the winners of the 2018-19 Kern County Teachers of the Year Award.  The announcement was made at a reception at the Bakersfield Museum of Art hosted by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools.

Maurer has taught at Thorner Elementary since its inaugural year in 1990.  In May, she will have completed her 29th year of teaching at the school.  Along with teaching, she is also a mentor for new teachers in the district, a grade-level chairperson at her school and a coach of student teams in Oral Language and National History Day competitions.

After receiving the award, Maurer said, “I am shocked and honored.  I am also excited to tell my students.  This is also a great opportunity to brag about the teaching profession, something I have loved for 29 years and it has never gotten old.”  When asked about how she got nominated, she replied, “My principal nominated me this year, and the application process is fairly extensive with several essay submissions and classroom visits from KCSOS officials.”

More than 52 teachers from Kern County were nominated for the award by their schools and districts.  Maurer received a check worth $500, and is also now eligible to apply for the California Teacher of the Year program.

Germaine Maurer is planning on pursuing the state and national level competitions later this year.  When asked what her favorite part of teaching was, she replied, “My favorite thing about teaching is helping a student move from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’.”