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 Nationally Ranked SDSU Basketball Team Honors Teachers Of the Year at Sold-Out Viejas Arena

​The five San Diego County Teachers of the Year were honored at half-time of the nationally-ranked SDSU basketball team’s February 5 victory over TCU, and were joined moments later in the raucous SDSU student cheering section by SDSU President Stephen Weber and County Superintendent Randy Ward for an impromptu photo session.

“Representing nearly 26,000 public school teachers in San Diego County…men and women who’ve devoted their professional lives to helping our children learn, grow and develop…we are proud to present the 2011 San Diego County Teachers of the Year,” said Viejas Arena public address announcer Brian Main.

The teachers’ recognition was in front of another packed house of 12,414, many of whom stood in applause as the teachers were acknowledged. After introducing each of the five teachers, the announcement concluded, “Please help the Aztecs honor these true community heroes, our 2011 San Diego County Teachers of the Year.”

The 2011 San Diego County Teachers of the Year are:

--- Darin Curtis, a physical education teacher at Tierra del Sol Middle School in the Lakeside Union School District;
--- Ericka Senegar-Mitchell, a biology and advanced place biology and biotechnology teacher at Serra High in the San Diego Unified School District;
--- Eric Frandsen, a math teacher from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in the Oceanside Unified School District;
--- Shaylene Watkins, a 4th/5th grade teacher at Monterey Ridge Elementary in the Poway Unified School District;
--- And Stephen Keiley, another 4th/5th grade teacher, who works at the downtown San Diego Monarch School for homeless and at-risk youth.

Curtis has also been named the California Teacher of the Year and will be going to the White House to meet the President and First Lady in May.