DeJean teacher Adam Quintero to be honored at Craneway Pavilion event

Richmond teacher spends up to $100,000 on music equipment for students.

Adam Quintero, who teaches the seventh and eighth grades at DeJean Middle School, will be recognized for earning an Ed Fund 2014 Teaching Excellence Award at a Craneway Pavilion event May 16.

Quintero is one of four West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) employees to win the teacher of the year honor. He teaches eighth grade science and also seventh grade leadership classes by using a holistic approach, according to Ed Fund.

Aside from excellent classroom instruction, Quintero helps students develop organizational skills, good study habits, character and leadership, according to Ed Fund. The strategy has reportedly helped his students score the highest on the California Standardized Test in the history of DeJean Middle School.

The event at Craneway Pavilion will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, is listed as the keynote speaker.

Also at the event, more than 80 graduating seniors from the WCCUSD will receive scholarships from the Ed Fund to attend college this fall.

The event is a major fundraiser for the Ed Fund, with all proceeds supporting West Contra Costa public schools. Tickets can be purchased here.

Here’s the full list of this year’s Teaching Excellence Awards recipients:

Bruce McCormick, 8th grade English, Portola Middle School
Keith Johnson, Music Director, El Cerrito High School
Adam Quintero, 8th grade Science/7th grade Leadership, DeJean Middle School
Pat Simon, 5th grade teacher, Montalvin Manor Elementary School