Sacramento, CA – ABC10, in partnership with SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union and Sacramento State’s College of Education, is proud to announce Julie Francesconi – an English and Journalism teacher for Granite Bay High School in the Roseville Joint Union School District – as Teacher of the Month for March 2023. In place for 20+ years, Teacher of the Month is one of ABC10’s signature community enrichment initiatives designed to highlight local teachers making a difference in the lives of their students and families. After being interviewed recently by ABC10’s Mark S. Allen, a seven-time Emmy Award winning member of the news team, an uplifting story about Ms. Francesconi will continue to air multiple times during the month of March. The first time the story will air is on Tuesday, March 14 during ABC10’s morning news between 5-7 a.m. and again that same evening during ABC10 News at 5 p.m.
With seven years of experience, Ms. Francesconi teaches Introduction to Journalism, Advanced Journalism, and CP English 9 to high school students (grades 9-12) and also runs the Journalism program on campus.
During the pandemic – when many students struggled with anxiety and depression – she was proud to watch the community of student journalists come together, celebrate each other’s wins, and see how their voices matter.
When asked about what she loves about teaching, Ms. Francesconi said: “I love seeing the unique gifts and talents of each of my students. There is a lot of beauty in seeing people do what they are created to do. I try to celebrate my students’ unique voices, especially through their writing and note their good character when I see them being a good friend or encouragement to others.”
As part of being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Ms. Francesconi will receive $1,000 from SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union plus will be eligible for the title of Esquire IMAX ABC10’s Teacher of the Year award – that includes a $5,000 prize – which will be announced at a special awards program in May 2023.
To nominate a local teacher in the greater Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto area for an upcoming Teacher of the Month, please visit www.abc10.com/teacherofthemonth.