Summer break may be in full swing, but the Folsom Cordova Unified School District is already gearing up for the year to come and today, announced who will be its next Teacher of the Year. Jennifer Sandfort, Ed.D. has been named the 2025 Teacher of the Year

With a decade of dedicated service at Empire Oaks Elementary School, Dr. Sandfort has been a pillar of excellence and innovation in education. Next year, she will bring her passion and expertise to Cordova Meadows Elementary School as an instructional coach, where she will inspire and support teachers in the classroom, the district shared in a media post on Wednesday.


“I truly see teaching as an art. When you orchestrate a school experience where the magic of impromptu moments surface, curiosity is sparked, and a-ha moments of learning happen, there is nothing like it. Helping a student develop confidence and belief in themselves is a unique influence that no other profession offers,” Dr. Sandfort said. 

Dr. Sandfort began her career as a 5th-grade teacher in 2000. Her doctoral studies focused on inclusive education, particularly for students with autism. Her research has influenced inclusive teaching practices inside and beyond her classroom. Dr. Sandfort values collaboration and emphasizes building lasting relationships with students and families. 


Reflecting on her career, Dr. Sandfort shared, “I am extremely humbled by this recognition, and truly feel I would not be the teacher I am without the people I work with. I have been fortunate to work with many colleagues who always want to learn, collaborate, challenge themselves, and stay informed on best instructional practices. The community of support I’m engaged with is why our students are successful”. 

“Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Sandfort on being named the 2025 FCUSD Teacher of the Year! Join us in celebrating her dedication to education throughout the year,” the district said in a statement.