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FUSD’s Sherea Westra Named an Alameda County Teacher of the Year


The Fremont Unified School District’s (FUSD) 2018 Teacher of the Year was honored at the County level October 4th as Niles Elementary School 3rd-grade Teacher, Sherea Westra, was named an Alameda County Teacher of the Year. Sharing the award with Oakland USD’s Jah-Yee Woo, Westra becomes the second FUSD educator to win at the County level in the past five years joining Robertson High School’s Amy Perez, who won the Award in 2014. 


"It is an honor to be recognized by the County with the many other amazing educators who daily are doing fabulous work to serve students and families in our communities,” Westra said. “I share this with my own students and colleagues who continually make me a better person and teacher- I learn more and more every day.  Our public schools are places where all learners should be given opportunities to succeed, and I am so grateful to provide that community for my learners at Niles."


A Fremont native and graduate of FUSD’s American High School, Westra attended Humboldt State before joining FUSD in 1999 as a teacher at Niles Elementary – the same school her father attended. Besides her tenure at Niles, Westra has served a four-year term as the President of the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association (FUDTA), as well as a variety of roles with the Fremont Education Foundation – stressing her belief that no matter the position she holds, the most important goal is moving education forward in Fremont. Westra’s career-long mission has been to serve all students at FUSD and engage community support in doing so.


“What a thrill to see Sherea’s hard work and dedication recognized and celebrated at the Alameda County Teacher of the Year event,” said FUSD Superintendent, Dr. Kim Wallace. “Fremont Unified is filled with unsung heroes that impact students’ lives in the present and in the future. Sherea Westra is, and will continue to be, a champion of all educators. We are fortunate to call her one of our own.”


See Westra discuss her award on a recent episode of Community Conversations.


 Sherea Westra addresses the audience at Alameda County Teacher of the Year ceremony. Sherea Westra stands on-stage with her cheering section.  Sherea Westra stands with co-wiiner Jah-Yee Woo and representatives from ACOE.