Rosy Bucio of the Santa Ynez Valley Consortium one of 10 honored

Staff Report

The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) recently announced its 10 Santa Barbara Teachers Federal Credit Union Crystal Apple Educator Award winners for 2021. 

Crystal Apple winners are selected for their dedication, instructional and motivational skills, ability to challenge and inspire students, and their ability to meaningfully engage with students, staff, and community members.

The recipients were honored at the virtual Education Celebration on May 27.

Rosy Bucio, behavior specialist for the Santa Ynez Valley Consortium, Santa Barbara County SELPA, won for the Certificated Support Providers category. 

““Rosy is quite honestly the ‘best in the west’ when it comes to supporting students with difficult behaviors,” said her colleague, Misty Sedehi. “Not only is her experience unmatched, but the way she is able to communicate the unique behavior needs of students to an IEP team is extraordinary.” 

“It is an honor to celebrate the significant contributions of our distinguished Crystal Apple award recipients,” added Dr. Susan Salcido, Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools. “Through their compassion, perseverance, and efforts, these 10 individuals inspire and impact students throughout Santa Barbara County. It is our privilege to recognize each recipient with this distinctive award.” 

“We are proud to shine the spotlight on teachers, administrators, and support staff by sponsoring the Crystal Apple program in partnership with SBCEO,” said Roy McLaughlin, chief executive officer of the Santa Barbara Teachers Federal Credit Union. “These Santa Barbara County education staff provide children with an outstanding educational experience.”

The 2021 award winners include: 

Certificated Support Providers Category

  • Emily Schwab, Speech and Language Pathologist, Monroe Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
  • Rosy Bucio, Behavior Specialist, Santa Ynez Valley Consortium, Santa Barbara County SELPA

Elementary Teacher Category

  • Mari Callahan, fourth-grade teacher at Cold Spring School in Cold Spring School District
  • Elizabeth Tymn, K/1 Teacher, Pine Grove School, Orcutt Union School District

“Ms. Tymn checks all the boxes of a great educator. Engaging, prepared, knowledgeable. But she is far more than a teacher,” Parent Ashley Machgan said. “Parents describe her as a leader, confidant, mediator, nurturer, protector, supporter and cheerleader. She is welcoming to everyone and runs her classroom with an amazing attitude towards kindness and respect for all.” 

Secondary Teacher Category

  • Sherri Bryan, Teacher-Librarian, Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District 
  • Rebecca Ingrahm, Career Technical Education (CTE) Teacher, Maple High School, Lompoc Unified School District

Classified Employee Category

  • Carrie Alvarado, Office Manager, Ellwood School, Goleta Union School District

Administrator Category

  • Dr. Anne Hubbard, Hope Elementary School District 
  • Dr. John Karbula, (retired) Assistant Superintendent, Business Services, Lompoc Unified School District