Olsen Names Education and Technology Advocate Tammy Brecht Dunbar
as 12th Assembly District Woman of the Year
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, of Riverbank, today honored Manteca educator Tammy Brecht Dunbar as the 2016 Woman of the Year for the 12th Assembly District.
“Tammy is a role model for teachers and students alike,” Olsen said. “She has contributed greatly to the advancement of technology in education, and her impact will be felt for years to come. I am proud to honor her as Woman of the Year.”
Dunbar is a fifth grade teacher in the Manteca Unified School District, and an instructor at the Teachers College of San Joaquin in Stockton, California. She believes in a student-first, project-based learning model, and she loves to share her journey of crafting lessons for her students to help each one get the education they need and deserve.
Dunbar is a strong advocate for incorporating technology into the classroom. She is one of 11 teachers nationwide to be named a Microsoft Innovative Educational Expert Regional Lead. In this capacity, she has trained thousands of teachers on digital technology integration, and given numerous presentations around the country and internationally at major conferences.
Her efforts have garnered her many awards, including being named Teacher of the Year at Manteca Unified School District.
“I am humbled and honored to be recognized by Assemblymember Olsen who understands that teaching is not a job; it’s a vocation,” Dunbar said. “We are called to help students discover their strengths, skills and gifts while helping them realize each one has a genius the world needs. I am proud to nurture life-long learners who realize life’s challenges must be embraced with enthusiasm and joy.”
The annual Woman of the Year ceremony celebrates California’s extraordinary women. The first ceremony was held in 1987 to help commemorate Women’s History Month. The event has become an annual Capitol tradition to salute women who have done outstanding community service. Honorees are presented with a framed certificate recognizing their outstanding contributions during a ceremony held Monday in the Assembly chambers.
Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank, is recognized as a solution-focused reformer. She represents the 12th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties in the Central Valley. Follow her on Twitter: @KristinOlsenCA