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Twice As Nice: Pinole Valley Teacher Earns National Honors For Second Straight Year

Michele Lamons_Raiford PVHS teacher For the second consecutive year, Pinole Valley High School is celebrating American Sign Language Teacher Michele Lamons-Raiford as one of the best teachers around.

Lamons-Raiford was recognized as one of five recipients of the 2019 Carlston Family Foundation Outstanding Teacher of America Award. The foundation notified Pinole Valley High School in late May of the award.

The Carlston Foundation selected Lamons Raiford from a pool of hundreds of applicants and interviewed former students, principals, colleagues, Lamons-Raiford and observed her in action before selecting her as one of five recipents.

Timothy Allen, Executive Director of the Carlston Family Foundation, said that Lamons-Raiford teaching and preparation is "The ultimate result of Michele's consistent efforts provided her former students with the academic knowledge and personal confidence to continue to challenge themselves at the next level of their education, as well as in their personal lives."

As part of the recognition, Lamons-Raiford will be honored at a ceremony in late 2019 and she will also receive a $5,000 grant.

This is the second time in two year that Lamons-Raiford has been honored with a teaching award. In 2018, Lamons-Raiford was named as one of 10 2018 Claes Nobel Educator of the Year by the Naitonal Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). Lamons-Raiford is also the 2010-11 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year.