Longtime Educator Kahn Honored With County Teachers of the Year

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG)  |  By Daniel Thigpen, FCUSD
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From left to right: Former student D’Angelo Smalley, Jessica Kahn, a veteran educator, Facility Assistance Dog, Gigi, Principal Carole Vargas, and Folsom Cordova’s superintendent, Dr. Sarah Koligian. Photo Courtesy FCUSD

By Daniel Thigpen, FCUSD

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Jessica Kahn, a veteran educator currently at White Rock Elementary, was honored Friday, Aug. 23 alongside other outstanding educators at the Sacramento County Office of Education's annual Teacher of the Year banquet.

Kahn was named Folsom Cordova’s 2019-20 Teacher of the Year in May. She is a special education teacher with nearly 30 years of experience. As an educator in the Counseling Enhanced Program (CEP), Kahn helps children of all abilities develop the skills they need to access their education.

During her banquet speech, she was joined on stage by former Principal Carole Vargas, with whom she previously worked at Navigator Elementary, her Facility Assistance Dog, Gigi, and former student D'Angelo Smalley. During his remarks, Smalley expressed his gratitude for Kahn's efforts years ago to help him successfully transition into mainstream classrooms.