It’s no surprise that Cristy Pitts is being recognized for excellence in teaching and helping students to be successful. It’s been a lifelong passion and commitment for her as she enters her 16th year of teaching all in the Natomas Unified School District. Pitts started her career at Natomas High School where she taught English and served as the Varsity Volleyball Coach, Class Advisor, and Link Crew Coordinator. In 2008, she joined the team at Inderkum High School and has remained there ever since teaching all levels of English and serving as Senior Class Advisor, Senior Project Co-Coordinator, and Club Advisor.
“I am truly living my professional dream of being a teacher, daily providing for students open access to engagement and rigorous learning, building a classroom community of acceptance, helping students to believe they can achieve at high levels, and providing them support to do so,” shares Pitts.
Pitts was selected Natomas Unified School District Teacher of the Year for 2019-20 and is representing Natomas as part of the Sacramento County Office of Education Teacher of the Year Program. Normally, the event would be an elegant affair where friends, family, and colleagues come together to celebrate all the County Teachers of the Year, but given the circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration is virtual. A video that highlights Pitts and the other Teachers of the Year can be viewed at this link. Even though she wasn’t able to celebrate in the traditional manner in a room filled with smiling faces, her Principal Dan Motherspaw wanted to make sure that she knew how valuable she is to the Tiger family. “I am so happy that Mrs. Pitts was selected as the Teacher of the Year for NUSD. Mrs. Pitts represents the very best that Natomas Unified has to offer our students and families. She strives to improve every day and pours her heart into helping her students be successful. The Tiger Family is so lucky to have her,” said Dan Motherspaw, principal of Inderkum High School.
A special attribute of Pitts is her drive to continually improve her craft as a teacher by attending trainings and keeping abreast of new best practices to improve her student’s AP test success rates. As Natomas Unified works to give high-level course access to all students, she continues to refine and adjust her course to meet the needs of an ever-changing student demographic with a strong belief in what students can do, and a belief that “students are supported not as where they were or solely where they are academically, but where they can be”. In addition to meeting the academic needs of her AP students, she also teaches a credit recovery English 12 course and spends individual time with each of these students to reteach information, give support for their other English course, and makes sure they are on track to graduate. Though she may never hear them say it, many of these students will have her to thank as they walk across the stage to receive their diploma.
Congratulations to Cristy Pitts for being recognized Natomas Unified School District Teacher of the Year!