The Bee's Knees Teacher Awards

Recognizing Scotts Valley's Most Influential Educators

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

October 2019 – Jen Woelfel, 1st Grade

Jen Woelfel has always loved working with kids! As a teen and young adult she enjoyed babysitting, teaching swimming and working at afterschool programs. It is through these experiences that she knew she wanted to be a teacher. For 17 years, she has had the pleasure to teach children at the elementary school level. As a first grade teacher, one of her favorite things is to do is help children discover the love of reading. She has taught in Scotts Valley for the past 8 years and loves being able to teach in the community where her family lives. When Jen is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, traveling, going to the beach and gardening.

Click here for past Brook Knoll Award recipients.


Vine Hill Elementary

August 2019 – Robert Atkinson, 4th Grade

Robert Atkinson began teaching in Scotts Valley in 2017 and has never felt more at home. Now in his 8th year of teaching and with over a decade working in education-related fields, Mr. Atkinson encourages his students to “Be Awesome” everyday by teaching respect, problem solving, critical thinking, and empathy in all areas of study. In his free time, Mr. Atkinson plays the bass guitar, loves to play beach volleyball and has recently picked up outrigger canoeing.  He and his wife, Courtney, live in Santa Cruz and are expecting their first child in March of 2020.

Click here for past Vine Hill Elementary Awards.

Scotts Valley Middle School

July 2019 – John Magliato, English

I was born in Trenton, New Jersey but moved at least nine times in my youth.  My grandparents immigrated from Sicily, but sadly, I do not speak Italian.  I’ve been teaching at Scotts Valley Unified School District for 29 years. I started at Vine Hill as a fourth grade teacher.  After three years, I moved to the middle school and have taught all grade levels here, but mostly eighth grade English, which I love.  My wife, Melissa, is a successful teacher at San Lorenzo Valley Middle School, and my daughters Alicia (21) and Sophia (19) are successful college students.  Besides my family, bike riding is my passion, and I have been enjoying the sport seriously since I was fourteen.  I’ve ridden from Canada to California twice and participated in all of the SVEF century rides when that was a fundraiser here.   A dream of mine would be to visit France and ride some of the mountainous routes of the Tour de France.  Students may know that I am obsessed with Ray Bradbury, especially his novel Fahrenheit 451.  It has been an honor to share it with so many students throughout the years, and I hope that its message continually resonates with all of those who read it.

Click here for past SVMS Award recipients.

Scotts Valley High School

September, 2019 – Kevin Dewey, Social Sciences

Kevin Dewey is a teacher of Social Science (11th grade US History & Geography and 12th grade Government/Economics) at Scotts Valley High School. A transplant to the area, Kevin grew up in Orange County in Southern California before attending UC Berkeley graduating with Distinction in 2016. After a series of sales and telemarketing jobs with OpenGov and the Oprah Winfrey Network, Kevin found his passion for teaching and went to Cal State Long Beach to receive his teaching credential. Today he is making everyday count and living his best life educating and inspiring students. Seize the day and make your life extraordinary!

Click here for past SVHS Award recipients