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Menifee teacher named Riverside County Teacher of the Year

Misty McBee is the first Menifee Union School District teacher to receive the Riverside County Teacher of the Year Award. Photo provided by the Menifee Union School District.

Misty McBee, an animatronics teacher at Harvest Hill STEAM Academy, has been named the 2025 Riverside County Teacher of the Year. This recognition marks a historic milestone as McBee becomes the first teacher from Menifee Union School District and the first animatronics educator in Riverside County to receive this honor.

On May 23, Dr. Edwin Gomez, Riverside County superintendent of schools, visited McBee’s classroom to personally deliver the news. Dr. Gomez praised McBee for her innovative approach to education and her significant contributions to student learning and school culture.

McBee is known for striving to ensure all students receive the best learning opportunities possible through engaging curriculum and instructional strategies. She has created an animatronics course for students that prepares them for high school Career Technical Education courses and diverse career opportunities. Her classroom is one where students are motivated and engaged as they learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills in project-based learning modules.

The Riverside County Teacher of the Year award is a highly competitive honor, selected from nearly 20,000 educators. Candidates undergo a rigorous application process that includes nominations by peers and administrators, application reviews, interviews, and site visits by a selection committee. The final four candidates are chosen before the county superintendent announces the winners.

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