Teachers of the Year from school districts throughout San Diego County
were honored on the field at Petco Park recently, as part of the 9th
Annual Padres Teacher Appreciation Night.
”Tonight’s Teacher Appreciation Night is the Padres way to say ‘Thank
You’ to San Diego County’s great classroom teachers,” said the Petco
Park public address announcer at the April 16 recognition. “There are
nearly 26,000 classroom teachers in San Diego County schools…men and
women who’ve devoted their professional lives to our children. There is
no profession more important to our communities, to our freedoms and
traditions as Americans…than teaching. Thank you for helping the Padres
honor our teachers tonight.”
Along with the newly named district Teachers of the Year, who lined up
on the first and third basepaths, the five reigning San Diego County
Teachers of the Year simultaneously threw out the ceremonial first pitch
at Teacher Appreciation Night.
The five County Teachers of the Year are Donna Farquar of the Santee
School District; Mike Love of the Grossmont Union High School District;
Eric Mabrey of the Sweetwater Union High School District; Melanie Tolan
of the Juvenile Court and Community Schools; and Kelly Kovacic of The
Preuss School in San Diego Unified School District.
Teacher Appreciation Night was sponsored by Bridgepoint Education, also
the title sponsor of Cox Presents A Salute to Teachers, the San Diego
County Teacher of the Year Awards that will be held October 16 at Balboa
Bridgepoint also awarded four scholarships for teachers during the
Teacher Appreciation Night pre-game ceremonies, for Bridgepoint’s
Masters of Education graduate program. Those teachers are: Tamara Davis
and Natalie Priester of San Pasqual Academy, Amber Earnest of Los
Penasquitos Elementary in Poway Unified School District, and Cheryl
Kaiser of Oak Valley Middle School, also of Poway Unified.