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.  Once a month 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

August 2018 – Kathy Petersen, 1st Grade

Kathy Petersen loves teaching in the community that both educated her, and sparked her desire to become a teacher.  After earning her B.S. in Human Resources from San Francisco State, she entered into the corporate world as a technical recruiter.  Understanding her passion was in the classroom, she quickly moved to become an educator.  For the last 20 years, Kathy has excelled as a teacher in the Watsonville, Santa Cruz and most recently, Scotts Valley school districts.  At the start of her teaching career she immersed herself to understand the nuances of how to teach non-English speaking students to read and write.  She is passionate about bringing problem-based science into the classroom, and has independently attended courses at the Monterey Bay Aquarium during the Summer to advance her knowledge. She has developed materials incorporating science standards for 1st and 4th grade students at Brook Knoll Elementary.  Outside of teaching, Kathy adores outdoor adventures, hiking and camping with her two sons.

Click here for past Brook Knoll Award recipients.


Vine Hill Elementary


August 2018 – Jacqui Weiss, 3rd Grade

Bio coming soon. . .

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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.”

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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