Teacher of The Year - Best of Orangevale 2022
33 contenders in this category.

Brandy Wade - Creative Nature Playschool

Hello Orangevale :-) I am the owner and teacher of Creative Nature Playschool and I couldn't be more thrilled and honored to have been nominated for Best Teacher for 2022, thank you! Our family started our all outdoor nature recreational preschool, in Orangevale, seven years ago and we absolutely love what we do! At Creative Nature Playschool we focus on recreational play and environmental education, while practicing school readiness skills. We strive to encourage children to build a positive self image of themselves and school by instilling a lifelong love for play, learning, and our natural environment. In addition to two Bachelor degrees and a Master's degree, I am also a Certified Parks & Recreation Professional, a certified Outdoor Classroom Specialist, a trained Nature Explore Professional, as well as a certified teacher in Kidding Around Yoga. In 2020 I also started voluntarily writing a column for the OV View called OVunplugged. With this column I hope to inspire families to enjoy nature daily by creating free outdoor activities everyone can enjoy! Our family business, as well as myself, have been Orangevale Chamber members for over 15 years; where I previously served as a Chamber Board member for over 6 years. As an OV Chamber Board Member, I also served as Treasurer, Secretary, and Vice President. Previously I was also a member of the Orangevale Woman's Club and the Orangevale Grange #354, for 11 years. For the last five years I have served as the Girl Scout Troop Leader for the Orangevale Girl Scout Troop #891 and love working with our troop girls on projects, charity work, and of course teaching them about our natural environment. In my free time my husband and two daughters love to ski and snowboard, go hiking, camping, traveling, visiting the ocean, bicycling, reading, and spending time with our many animals. Our family business has, and always will be, proud to be a part of the Orangevale Community! We wish all contenders in every category the best of luck and a wonderful 2023 year :-)

Shelly Vasquez- Oakview

Thank you so much for the nomination! I am so excited to be teaching at Oakview Community. I have taught kindergarten for a total of 7 years, and this is my second year teaching first grade. Oakview is such a special place for me and my daughter who also attends first grade!
Teacher of The Year