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 Padres Honor Teaching Profession, Teachers' of the Year At 9th Annual Teacher Appreciation Night at Petco Park

​More than 27,000 fans were in attendance to honor the local teaching profession at the Padres 9th Annual Teacher Appreciation Night at Petco Park.

Each teacher in attendance received a commemorative pennant in honor of the night, and all 44 San Diego County school district Teachers of the Year were honored on the field before the game. In addition, the reigning County Teachers of the Year simultaneously threw out the game’s first pitch. Ashford University, the title sponsor for the annual academy awards-style County Teacher of the Year Awards television production, Cox Presents A Salute to Teachers, was the sponsor for Teacher Appreciation Night.

And to top it off, the Padres beat the Cincinnati Reds to start off their home stand.

“This is the kind of recognition that all teachers deserve,” said County Superintendent of Schools Randy Ward, “We’re very fortunate to have partners like the Padres and Ashford University. To honor teachers at the ballpark in front of a big crowd like that is just great. You could tell from the cheers that this community loves its teachers.”

Ward and three of the members of the County Board of Education were honored at home plate before the game, along with Ashford University President Jane McAuliffe and the three Ashford University scholarship recipients.

And before the on-field ceremony, all of the school district Teachers of the Year and Ashford scholarship recipients were hosted by Cox Communications and Ashford in the 15th-floor Diamond View Tower, overlooking the ballpark and San Diego Bay.

“It’s a pleasure to work with Ashford University and the San Diego County Office of Education to honor our teachers,” said Cox Communications Vice President and General Manager Bill Geppert, in the Diamond View reception. “The education community means a great deal to us at Cox Communications. We thoroughly enjoy this.”

This year production of Cox Presents A Salute to Teachers will be held October 10 at Balboa Theatre. For information, call 858 292-3753.