MDEA Ninth Annual

Academy Awards, May 6  

2021 Honorees


Lifetime Achievement - Jesse Forsland

Community Involvement - Angela Bever

Creative Curriculum - Al Douex

Leadership & Courage - Hilary Garcia

Most Inspirational - Alexandra Kirberg

Outstanding Administrator - Marga Marshall

Outstanding Classified Employee - Connie Krawesky

Outstanding Parent Volunteer - Kathryn Durham-Hammer

Outstanding Volunteer Organization - LEAP (Learning Enrichment and Assistance Program)

Outstanding Collaborating Team - Mt. Diablo High School Counseling Department

Outstanding Collaborating Team - Mt. Diablo High School Math Department

Social Justice - Patricia Hamachi


We also recognized this year's Teachers of the Year: Libby McDonagh and Chelsea Ridenour.


You can view a recording of the event here. 

Award Nominees

For eight years we have gathered together in May to celebrate the many ways teachers, staff, and the MDUSD community advance and encourage our students to be the best they can be. This year, our ninth year, we will celebrate virtually. We will miss the ability to greet each other in person and share a meal around a table together, but it is more important than ever to recognize our colleagues and community members and to celebrate everyone’s efforts and achievements. 


This event provides the opportunity to stop, take a breath, and recognize all that has been accomplished.

What will YOUR IMPACT BE for steam?

MDUSD Education Foundation’s campaign builds on what we’ve been doing for students in our community for the past three years, ensuring that all students in the Mt Diablo school district, regardless of zip code, have access to quality STEM opportunities.


Check out why we're so excited to raise funds for ExploreLearning Gizmos and Mosa Mack Science for EVERY middle and high school student in Mt. Diablo Unified School District. These programs can be utilized in remote learning, hybrid and classroom settings. 

We are in unprecedented times.  Now more than ever we need to support our students, regardless of where the learning is taking place. 

Our goal for Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020, was to raise $8,000 for science programs for our middle and high school students. With support like yours, $10,891 was raised to commence a $70,000 program goal over 3 years. 

How many students can you support?  No amount is too small and every dollar raised directly benefits our students.