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Corrie Traynor

5th Grade Teacher

Barrett Ranch Elementary School, Antelope

Corrie Traynor has been teaching for 22 years, 15 in her current position at Barrett Ranch Elementary School. She has used her struggles with dyslexia and a severe reading disability as a child to drive her to become the best teacher she could be.

As an advocate for children, she teaches other educators not to lower their expectations for at-risk students. “My message has always been that it is not about us, it is about the kids in our classroom seats,” she said.

Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District Assistant Superintendent Jim Ferguson said of Traynor: “She excels beyond imagination in the classroom and is a key contributor to her site and district. She is a prime example of how a teacher leader can have a profound effect on an entire organization. If I were to go back to a principalship and have to start building a staff, the first teacher I would want on my staff would be Corrie Traynor.”

Click here and you'll see why State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson selected Traynor as one of the 2017 California Teachers of the Year.