The Bee's Knees Teacher Awards

$250 Donation From Every Sale For Our Teachers

Celebrating Scotts Valley Teachers Who Exhibit “The Height of Excellence” in Teaching

Nominate a Teacher Today Who You Believe is Deserving of The “Bee’s Knees” Designation and $250 for their Classroom!


Scotts Valley CommunitySponsored by Community Real Estate, The “Bee’s Knees” teacher award program recognizes outstanding Scotts Valley teachers.  The saying “The Bee’s Knees” became popular in the United States during the 1920s.  Bees carry pollen back to the hive in sacs on their legs.  It is believed that the origin of the phrase refers to the concentrated goodness that can be found around a bee’s knee.  As we use it today, the phrase “The Bee’s Knees” means “The Height of Excellence”.

We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the amazing teachers that make Scotts Valley schools the best in the County.  These teachers work tirelessly and often go without the recognition they deserve.  Their efforts improve not just the lives of their students, but of all us.

Please join us in showing our appreciation for these special teachers.  Write to us ( to nominate a teacher that has made a difference in your life, or the life of your children.  Each time a teacher is nominated they will be entered into a drawing to win a donation for their classroom.  At the completion of every sale, Community Real Estate will select one of these teachers at random.  The lucky winner will receive $250 from us and the designation as “The Bee’s Knees” in teaching.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Brook Knoll Elementary

May 2018 – Katie Bagley, Kindergarten

I just recently discovered my old job files. First job, “field laborer” at UC Davis. Five years later, living far from agricultural fields, I realized I wanted to be a teacher and entered the graduate program at UCLA.  It truly was a California dream! From tending to crops to tending to children, my dream job happened when I got to teach part time in an amazing Kindergarten class at Brook Knoll Elementary. Teaching in a school that my two children attended was a blessing and motivated me to do my best to make Scotts Valley schools the best they could be. As a teacher and parent, I volunteer regularly to help fund programs for all schools in the district. In addition to my 22 years at Brook Knoll, I am equally proud of my affiliation with the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation and their mission to raise money for our schools. Thank you Community Real Estate for this recognition!

Click here for past Brook Knoll Award recipients.


Vine Hill Elementary


May 2018 – Julie Lucia, 3rd Grade

Julie was raised in Tahoe then attended UCSB, but transferred to UCSC.  She has been teaching for 14 years, 5 of which have been at Vine Hill.  Julie has two amazing children, Mason (9) and Ayla (11 months) and an equally amazing husband.  She loves spending her free time with her family at the beach or going on hikes.  Her passion is teaching young people about how to practice mindfulness. ✨

Click here for past Vine Hill Elementary Awards.

Scotts Valley Middle School

September, 2018 – Lynn Culli, English

Lynn Culli grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  She attended Vine Hill Elementary, followed by Scotts Valley Middle School (Class of ‘88) and Harbor High. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Santa Barbara, Lynn moved to Takasaki, Japan to work for the JET Program.  She taught English for two years at Minamiyawata Chuogakko before returning home to earn her California teaching credential.

Lynn has taught at Scotts Valley Middle School since 2001. She loves her SVMS family and feels blessed to work with such an amazing team.

Currently, she lives in Santa Cruz with her husband and two wonderful children. In her precious spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and photography.  She believes that life is a journey of self-discovery. As her seventh-grade literature teacher, Wendy Summer, once told her, “All that matters is that you become the best human being possible.”

Click here for past SVMS Award recipients.

Scotts Valley High School

September, 2018 – John Postovit, Math and Physics

John Postovit has been teaching math and physics for 27 years, the last 10 years at Scotts Valley High School.  He has previously won the IB Educator of the Year Award for California/Nevada, and the Educator of the Year Award from the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Prior to teaching, he worked a number of years in the night vision goggle industry as an optical engineer.

Click here for past SVHS Award recipients