A trio of Dos Palos educators are among 26 Merced County honorees for the 17th annual Excellence in Education Awards.

The honorees and the ultimate winners will be announced at annual ceremony which will take place Oct. 6 at the Merced Theatre, starting at 6:30 pm.

The event is sponsored by the Merced County Office of Education and the Educational Employees Credit Union.

Representing the teachers of the Dos Palos/Oro Loma Joint Unified School District is Bob Hanning.  He has been an educator for 31 years and currently teaches industrial arts at George Christian Education Center.  He has also served as a P.E. teacher, a department lead and a club advisor.

Dos Palos School District Health Technician Charlotte Coleman, another veteran of 31 years, will also be honored.  She will represent the district in the school employee category.

Dos Palos’s Administrator of the Year nominee is District Nurse Priscilla Whiteaker.

Merced County Office of Education (MCOE) assists Merced County’s 20 school districts through support and oversight of curriculum and instruction, career and alternative education, business services, early care and education, technology, migrant education, special education, and teacher credentialing.

MCOE is led by the elected Merced County Superintendent of Schools, Steve Tietjen, and governed by the Merced County Board of Education.

While serving as a focal point to facilitate local school/government/community partnerships, MCOE is responsible for the fiscal oversight of each school district in Merced County, hears appeals for student expulsion hearings and inter-district transfers and operates the outdoor school Camp Green Meadows.