Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) congratulates Village High School teacher Russell Sato as its 2021-22 Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Sato has served the Village community as an English and College and Career Readiness teacher for the last eight years, and is a leader among campus peers. He’s involved in school site and district committees and has led the Village WASC team. Following the abrupt shift to remote learning in March 2020, Sato collaborated to create the Village Virtual School to provide easier access to academic resources for students.
“He’s the embodiment of the spirit of Village,” said Village High School Senior Brian Glasco. “The support that he’s given and shown let me know he does care and that there are people that want me to succeed.He makes sure to let everybody know that they matter, that he’s here to help.”
Known as ‘Sato’ around campus, he’s beloved for the connections he makes in the classroom by engaging each student.
“It's hard to capture all of the amazing qualities of Russell. I can only say that as a lifelong educator, Russell is exactly the kind of teacher that I only hope that every child is able to work with every school year,” Director of Educational Options Heather Pereira said. “The combination of high expectations with a warm demeanor produces tremendous gains with our students. They emerge from Russell's class a more confident and competent person.”
Sato’s name will be submitted to be considered for the Alameda County Teacher of the Year Awards, which will be held in October 2021.