The four 2007 San Diego County Teachers of the Year were honored at halftime of San Diego State University's recent men's basketball game against Brigham Young University, with SDSU President Stephen Weber, Athletic Director Jeff Schemmel, and County Superintendent Randy Ward lending their support to the recognition.
With more than 12,400 in attendance at Cox Arena for the SDSU-BYU game, it was an ideal date for the recognition. Also taking part in the recognition was Drew Schlossberg of the Union-Tribune newspaper. It was the third year that County Teachers of the Year have been honored at center-court of the basketball arena.
"It's important for San Diego State to help honor these great representatives of our local teaching profession," Weber said. "I'm pleased that our athletic department has partnered with the County Office of Education on this kind of recognition. It's nice to see 12,000 basketball fans showing their appreciation for great teachers."
The four 2007 County Teachers of the Year are:
- Judy Leff, of Paul Ecke Central School in the Encinitas Union School District;
- Eduardo Ochoa of Marston Middle School in the San Diego Unified School District;
- Cheri Gabler of West Hills High in the Grossmont Union High School District;
- Pamela Moorehead of City Heights Community School, part of the County Office of Education's Juvenile Court and Community School system.
As Weber and Schemmel presented each of the four Teachers of the Year with an SDSU sweatshirt, the public address announcer told the sold-out crowd, "The Aztecs are proud of the efforts that teachers put in every day in San Diego County and we thank you for you for your great work with the students of our community."
The SDSU athletic department also recognizes all school district Teachers of the Year annually, in conjunction with an Aztecs football game. And throughout the football and basketball seasons, the department provides free tickets to deserving students from elementary and middle schools throughout th