San Ramon Valley High School science teacher Cindy Egan has been named a 2014 California Teacher of the Year semifinalist.
Egan, who currently teaches introduction to engineering and AP environmental science to juniors and seniors at the Danville school, was honored among seven statewide semifinalists.
"Having witnessed (Egan) in the classroom, it is no surprise that she would be recognized all the way to the state level," San Ramon Valley Unified School District Superintendent Mary Shelton said. "She is not only a great teacher of content, but of life and career skills as well -- a great mentor for young people who truly want to better themselves."
Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Joseph A. Ovick, Ed.D, lauded Egan's achievement, calling it "a tremendous and well-deserved honor."
"When you visit Cindy's biology or environmental sciences classes, you observe a perfect balance of her professional background in civil engineering, education experience and passion for teaching that enthuses her students to learn," Ovick added.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the semifinalists, finalists and California Teacher of the Year recipients Nov. 4.
"We are immensely proud of Cindy and her accomplishments through a very grueling Teacher of the Year process," Shelton added.
Egan is in her eighth year at SRVHS. Before entering education, she spent nearly 25 years as a civil engineer in the Bay Area.
Egan's honor at the state level came after being named one of Contra Costa County's two Teachers of the Year.
The five 2014 California Teachers of the Year represented schools in Anaheim, Cathedral City, Manhattan Beach, Sacramento and Vallejo.