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 Celebrate Teachers at ‘Salute’

The reigning 2017 County Teachers of the Year at “Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers” last fall.

The tradition of celebrating San Diego County’s teachers in a glamorous Academy Awards-style show continues with the 27th annual “Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers.”

The event, sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union, will be televised live Sept. 16 from the Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego. “Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers” recognizes the county’s 22,000 public school teachers, and features emcees and presenters, musical and dance performances, and the announcement of the five 2017-18 San Diego County Teachers of the Year. Those five, who are selected from among 44 district teachers of the year, will go on to represent the region at the California Teacher of the Year program.

Tickets for “Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers” are now on sale, as many districts across the county are recognizing Teacher Appreciation Week. A special discount is available this week in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.

The show is open to to all ages, and colleagues and students are welcome to attend to show support for their district teachers of the year.

Tickets are $15.50, plus fees. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more and for those who mention title sponsor San Diego County Credit Union. Enter SDCCU in the offer code box for online orders. Tickets can be purchased online; by calling the Balboa Theatre at 570-1100 (all San Diego area codes); at the Advance Sales Windows at Third Avenue and B Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and at the theater box office, 868 Fourth Ave., which is open only on performance days. Showtime is 8 p.m.

For the past 26 years, Cox has presented “A Salute to Teachers” to honor San Diego County educators for their commitment to teaching, learning, and children.

“The founder of Cox Communications was a teacher, and his legacy of supporting teachers and education can be felt throughout our company,” said Sam Attisha, Senior Vice President and Region Manager for Cox Communications. “It’s such an honor and privilege for Cox Communications to partner with the San Diego County Office of Education to once again put on an exciting night of entertainment, inspiring classroom stories, and celebrating the teaching profession. It’s a show you won’t want to miss."

Additional show sponsors include KUSI, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, and University of Phoenix.

This Teacher Appreciation Week, California recognizes today, May 10, as Day of the Teacher. Day of the Teacher is the result of legislation co-sponsored by the California Teachers Association and the Association of Mexican American Educators. Sen. Joseph Montoya wrote the bill, which was adopted in 1982. California has patterned its celebration after the traditional El Dia del Maestro festivities observed in Mexico and other Latin American countries.