Cox Presents "A Salute to Teachers," the black tie, Academy Awards-style television production that culminates with the announcement of the San Diego County Teachers of the Year, has been awarded its ninth regional Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Events Production.
The two-hour television show, co-produced on October 8, 2005 by Ch. 4 San Diego and the San Diego County Office of Education, was honored June 3 at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter Emmy Awards.
The Fall production, scheduled for October 7 this year, was highlighted by the show-ending announcement of the new 2005-06 San Diego County Teachers of the Year:
- Karen Anglin of Campo School in the Mountain Empire Unified School District;
- Keith Koelzer of Rancho Bernardo High in the Poway Unified School District;
- Erin Mangahis of Patrick Henry High in San Diego City Schools; and
- Guillermo Gomez of Vista Square School in the Chula Vista Elementary School District.
The award-winning television production was MC'd by stage and screen actress Jasmine Guy, who starred as Velma Kelly in the Broadway hit "Chicago." Helping Guy as co-host was Ch. 4 San Diego's Dennis Morgigno, a longtime local television journalist.
In addition to the announcement of the new County Teachers of the Year, the show featured live performances by local student musicians, singers and dancers: 10-year-old classical pianist Rossina Grieco; The Main Attraction from Chula Vista High; and the San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts Modern Dance Ensemble.
The "Salute" also included portraits of the county's 10 Teacher of the Year finalists, leading up to the dramatic, "the envelope, please" announcement by County Superintendent of Schools Rudy Castruita and Cox Communications Vice President and General Manager Bill Geppert.
The Emmy was presented to "Salute" co-producers Deborah Davis-Gillespie and Carla Hockley of Ch. 4 San Diego, and Jim Esterbrooks of the San Diego County Office of Education.