Colleagues, friends, and former students have many descriptors for Stephanie Glanz: mentor, angel on Earth, the teacher’s teacher, role model, inspiration, and so many more.
On Saturday night, during the 28th annual “Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers” awards show, Glanz earned one more title: San Diego County Teacher of the Year.
Glanz, a 1st-grade teacher at Rose Elementary, is among five local educators named as the 2018-19 San Diego County Teachers of the Year. Joining her as ambassadors of education are Sesha Haynes of Sweetwater High School, Sweetwater Union High School District; Melissa Moreno of Rosebank Elementary School, Chula Vista Elementary School District; Jose Villegas of Nestor Language Academy, South Bay Union School District; and Katie Wu of Westview High School, Poway Unified School District. They were among the 41 district Teachers of the Year celebrated Saturday night, including EUSD’s Danielle Del Rosario of Rincon Middle School.
“We are thrilled for Stephanie, Rose Elementary, and our district,” Superintendent Dr. Luis Ibarra said. “The County Teacher of the Year program has gained in Stephanie an excellent ambassador for the importance of local education. We could not have been prouder to have our district represented in the countywide competition by both Stephanie and Danielle, two outstanding educators whose dedication knows no bounds.”
Glanz, who has has spent her 33-year teaching career in the Escondido Union School District, was humbled by the announcement at the Balboa Theatre.
“I am so very proud to represent the amazing educators in the Escondido Union School District,” she said. “This is an amazing honor. No individual accomplishment ever happens without inspiration from incredible people. In my career, I have been truly blessed with the most amazing students, families, and colleagues. It has been a wonderful journey and I am truly grateful.”
Glanz’s connection to the school community is strong. She is a proud product of the district and teaches in the Rose classroom where she sat as a 2nd-grader. She began her career at EUSD as a speech pathologist, and has since taught kindergarten and 1st grade at Conway, Rock Springs, and Reidy Creek before transferring to Rose six years ago.
She is well known for developing lifelong relationships with students, families, and fellow teachers.
“There is no limit to the time Stephanie will spend to do whatever is necessary to provide her students with the opportunity to feel safe and loved,” Deputy Superintendent Leila Sackfield said. “Hundreds of families and children have been the recipients of her gifts of food, shelter, transportation, clothing, and other enriching opportunities. Her generous heart simply can’t bear to see any child or family remain in need. Countless numbers of them have returned to express their gratitude.”
Gifted and humble, Glanz has positively impacted hundreds of teachers across EUSD and beyond, Sackfield added. “Her depth of knowledge in all aspects of education is a tremendous asset to our district. Stephanie is most deserving of this recognition as a County Teacher of the Year.”
In her time at Rose Elementary, Glanz said, she has stretched herself both personally and professionally. Her 1st-graders enter the classroom each day to a hug, handshake, or high-five, and immediately become part of a collaborative team. Glanz’s classroom is a well-structured and nurturing environment where students feel safe and can thrive. Glanz said her career has been built on developing deep relationships with students and their families. “I want my students to know I’m invested in their success on and off the field. I am always their cheerleader.”
Glanz also coaches the school’s Girls on the Run team, supports Rose’s Ignite dance team, and she has forged a connection with a local veterans group that interacts with her students. Glanz never stops learning herself, and she never stops giving.
Glanz and her fellow County Teachers of the Year will now represent San Diego County in the California Teacher of the Year program.