The Contra Costa Community College District has bestowed one of its annual Teacher of the Year Awards upon Los Medanos College’s own, English instructor Michael Yeong. This news comes, appropriately enough, during Teachers Appreciation Week.
Fellow English Instructor Tess Caldwell said, “Michael Yeong has been an amazing colleague and an extraordinary teacher. He is constantly pushing and challenging his students. He has been an asset to the English department bringing a wealth of innovative and creative ideas. Committed, dedicated and determined, he brings passion, humor and academic excellence to his classroom.”
Dean of Liberal Arts Nancy Ybarra who has known Yeong for many years said, “I can tell you that he is passionate about teaching, committed to his students, open to new ideas and one of the kindest and most humble people I know. He deserves this award and I am delighted that he is receiving recognition of his service to this college and our students.”
LMC English teacher instructor Jo Ann Hobbs made similar statements.
“I was really happy for him. He’s very passionate about his teaching,” said Hobbs, noting that part of the reason he teaches so well is because he engages the students both inside and outside of class, and takes his time to ensure his students know what’s going on.
“I think he’s always thinking about student success. The passion he brings is a big reason students resonate with him,” said Hobbs. “He likes to connect with students — that’s what he’s all about.”
According to the Contra Costa County Office of Education, “one instructor from CCCCD is submitted to the TOY program for his/her outstanding body of work with their designated college. The colleges rotate each year between Diablo Valley, Los Medanos and Contra Costa,” and this year it was LMC’s turn.
“He has just been delightful to work with — this is a well-deserved honor for Mr. Yeong,” said Caldwell.
In order to be honored, there is a process in which the CCCOE reviews applications submitted by the schools. Then, after observing and discussing the instructor’s body of work, the teacher of the year is announced and rewarded.
“It’s an honor to have one of our colleagues in the English Department recognized in that way,” said Ybarra.
Yeong could not be reached for comment.