Shawna Borba Named Brentwood Union School District Teacher of the Year


The Brentwood Union School District announced that Bristow Middle School Teacher Shawna Borba has been selected as the district Teacher of the Year for 2016-17.

Shawna Borba is currently the Leadership and Consumer Arts teacher at Bristow Middle School. In her 15 year career with BUSD all at Bristow, she has also taught 6th Grade ELA/History Core, 7th and 8th grade ELA, Journalism, and PE. Shawna continually seeks opportunities to grow as a professional educator through participation in a wide variety of professional development. Shawna has redeveloped the 7th Grade Consumer Arts program that she teaches to every 7th grader at Bristow.

According to the District, she is the type of teacher who looks for and brings out the best in every student. In addition to her classroom work, Ms. Borba and her leadership students support activities at their feeder elementary schools and throughout the community. She has been integral in the Unified Sports Program which enables typical and disabled students to participate side-by-side in sports.

Mrs. Borba was part of the team that brought Unified Sports to Brentwood Union School District.  Brentwood was the first district in the state to have this program, one that groups general and special education students together on sports teams, as part of our competitive athletic program.  Mrs. Borba was a key part of the planning, preparation and implementation of our inaugural season that filled both our gymnasiums and our hearts.  She also coached a team at Bristow Middle School.

Shawna Borba with her leadership students helping to sort toys for the Community Chest.

Mrs. Borba has taken on a large role in community leadership over the past several years.

She has enhanced the program provided by the Brentwood Regional Community Chest, a local organization that supports over 500 needy families annually. Mrs. Borba came up with the idea of collecting and providing gently used coats to the people who get help each year.

Through her leadership, students have the opportunity to participate in a service learning project where they advertise for, collect and distribute hundreds of coats each and every year.

Superintendent Dana Eaton highlighted colleagues and students describe her as inspirational, influential, and dedicated. The District wishes her well in the County Teacher of the Year Program!

“Mrs. Borba is the type of teacher that positively impacts an entire school campus.  It is difficult to quantify the exponential impact that an energetic teacher like Mrs. Borba has at Bristow Middle School. It is not an overstatement to say she positively impacts the lives of hundreds of students and staff each day,” said Dana Eaton.