Ms. Dogancay wins teacher of the year

On May 19, Debbie Dogancay, NPHS’ very own IB coordinator and science teacher, was named the Ventura County Teacher of the Year. Dogancay has been a teacher at NPHS for 22 years, and this is the first time she’s won this coveted award. “It’s a little strange to be singled out in this way because there are so many great educators. At the same time, it’s a great honor and feels really nice,” Dogancay said. She was nominated by the late Christine Hodson so the award has some emotional weight for Dogancay. “She nominated me for a bunch of years. She was recruiting other people to write letters because she felt so strongly that [I] should have that award,” Dogancay said.