On Friday afternoon, Milpitas Rotarians and Milpitas Unified School District officials gathered at the Milpitas Library to unveil Milpitas Rotary's Leo B. Murphy Award plaque showcasing Pomeroy Elementary teacher Deanna Sainten, 2012 Teacher of the Year.
"Pomeroy Elementary School teacher Deanna Sainten proves to be an asset to MUSD each and every day," a description next to her picture on the plaque reads. "She is a role model for students, teachers, and parents alike, inspiring everyone she touches to strive for their personal best."
"Deanna Sainten represents the best of Milpitas Unified School District and sets an example of dedication and compassion," it concludes.
Also present were Deanna's mother, Marge, and sister, Gina, both who assisted her with the unveiling ceremony. Superintendent Cary Matsuoka, Assistant Superintendent Cheryl Jordan, and Deanna's Principal at Pomeroy School, Dr. Sheila Murphy-Brewer, were on hand to congratulate her.
Milpitas Unified School District Trustees Vice-President Marsha Grilli and Clerk of the Board Danny Lau took part in the celebration. Milpitas Rotary President Mark Tiernan congratulated Deanna along with Rotarian Past Presidents Frank De Smidt and Bill Cilker, and Rotarians John Jay and Charlene Brooks. Community Librarian Linda Arbaugh assisted in the event and extended her hearty congratulations.
2006 Teacher of the Year Pomeroy School teacher Diana Orlando and her daughter, Analiese, a Milpitas High School student joined in the festivities. Groups of local students visiting the Milpitas Library at the time expressed excitement and awe recognizing their teachers at the ceremony.