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2021-2022 PUSD Teacher of the Year

Please join us in congratulating Village High School’s Russell Sato as PUSD’s 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year! Russell has served the Village community as an English and College and Career teacher for the last eight years.  


Known as ‘Sato’ on the Village campus, he’s beloved for the connections he makes in the classroom by engaging each student. 


Mr. Sato is a leader among his peers on campus. He gets involved in school site and District committees, has led the Village WASC team and collaborated to create the Village Virtual School to provide easier access to academic resources for students with the shift to remote learning in March 2020.  


Russell’s name will be submitted to be considered for the Alameda County Teacher of the Year Awards, which will be held in October 2021. 


Here’s a few things Russell’s colleagues had to say about him! 


“He encourages staff to continually improve, they look to him for leadership. He's the first to take a new teacher or a substitute under his guidance to be sure they feel welcome and included.”


“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. 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 is very understanding of what students are going through.