Casa Loma Teacher Honored as Kern Teacher of the Year

May 5, 2017 – The Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) proudly congratulates Casa Loma Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Kristina Merrick on her recent recognition as one of the 2016-2017 Kern County Teachers of the Year. Merrick’s award was announced during a reception hosted by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) office where 54 other Kern County teachers who were nominated by their schools were also recognized for their dedication to teaching.

“There are so many amazing teachers out there who are deserving of this prestigious award and I am extremely honored and humbled to be one of them,” said Merrick.  “Thank you for allowing me to represent our profession and all of the astounding teachers at Casa Loma and in the entire Bakersfield City School District.”

Merrick shared with us that teaching is her passion and that there is no greater job than to teach children and watch them succeed. She enjoys experimenting with new ideas for lessons and looking for ways in which she can be more engaging in the classroom. She also enjoys building relationships with students and their families and hopes to inspire her students the way her teachers inspired her growing up.

“We have a wonderful, hard-working staff at Casa Loma, and we are extremely proud of Ms. Merrick for receiving the award for the Kern County Teacher of the Year,” said Lemuel Kwon, Casa Loma Principal.  “Ms. Merrick is very deserving of this recognition as she puts in 100% every day with her kids.  Her classroom is highly engaging and full of energy and excitement. We couldn’t be more proud of her.”

Merrick and the additional finalists are now eligible to apply to move on to the California State Teachers of the Year program that will take place later this year.

Other BCSD teachers nominated were:

Angela Hacker – Walter Stiern Middle School
Brenda Mayer – Downtown School
Richard B. Ribaudo – Sierra Middle School

Congratulations to all the BCSD and Kern County teachers nominated this year for their continued dedication to the education of the students in our community.

Click here to view a video of the event created by KCSOS.

(Back) L-R: Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Mark Luque and Superintendent Doc Ervin (Front) L-R: Casa Loma Principal Lemuel Kwon, Teacher of the Year Kristina Merrick, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Rachelle Montoya

Kern County Superintendent of Schools Mary C. Barlow and Kern Teacher of the Year Kristina Merrick.













Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.