Sacramento State alumna is ABC10’s Teacher of the Year

So many of the Sacramento region’s educators are Sacramento State alums, and now one of them has been named ABC10’s 2018 Teacher of the Year.

Alma Lepe-Santana ’97 (Family and Consumer Sciences), Credential ’11, a special education preschool teacher at Ehrhardt Elementary School in Elk Grove, received the honor at an award’s ceremony last week in downtown Sacramento. The award comes with a $5,000 check from Schools Financial Credit Union, and an additional prize package courtesy of Papa Murphy’s, Sizzler and other sponsors.

Lepe-Santana also was featured as ABC10’s Teacher of the Month for April 2018, and she spoke about coming to the United States from Mexico as a child, speaking only Spanish, and knowing what it felt like to need additional help as a student.

“I want(ed) to give back to this wonderful country I love, and I said, ‘The way to do it would be in special education where there’s so much need for people that know other cultures and other languages like myself,’ ” she told the station.

Sacramento State’s College of Education is a co-sponsor of the Teacher of the Month program.


Quartet of alums highlighted in Sac State Magazine

The latest issue of Sac State Magazine hit mailboxes earlier this month, and four alumni are highlighted in the publication’s “Made at Sac State” feature. They are:

  • Tracy Young, founder and CEO of PlanGrid
  • Courtney Dempsey, anchor of Good Day Sacramento
  • Rhys Hoskins, left fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Shahera Hyatt, director of the California Homeless Youth project

The magazine also includes stories about how Sacramento State is “on the rise” – literally – as several new construction projects transform the campus, and the effort to create a more caring community through support services and networks for vulnerable students.

Check out the magazine at

Musician Casey Lipka featured in May issue of Sacramento Magazine

Alum and bassist/vocalist/songwriter Casey Lipka ’10 (Jazz Studies) keeps busy, something that is highlighted in a short feature about her in the May 2018 issue of Sacramento Magazine.

Lipka, who moved north from Venice in 2009 to study at Sacramento State, is a teacher at the Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy who performs locally leading her own band and accompanies several other groups. But, as the story notes, she also leads a children’s choir at Crocker/Riverside Elementary School, has composed music for the Sacramento Ballet, and recently toured with Sacramento-based rock band CAKE.

“I’m so thankful for the opportunity to create music with members of my community,” she tells Sacramento Magazine.

Read the full story on the magazine’s website.