Five phenomenal teachers were named 2012 San Diego County Teachers of
the Year Saturday at the 21st annual live television production of Cox
Presents A Salute to Teachers at sold-out Balboa Theatre in downtown San
The new County Teachers of the Year are:
- Yolanda Sherard, who teaches US History to 8th graders at Rancho del Rey
Middle School in the Sweetwater Union High School District;
- Jo-Ann Fox, who teaches 2nd graders at Reidy Creek School in the Escondido Union School District;
- Mark Burroughs, who teaches 5th graders at San Pasqual School in the tiny San Pasqual Union School District;
- Mark Alcorn, who teaches 5th graders at Lee Elementary School in the San Diego Unified School District; and
- Alicia McBride, who teaches Language Arts, History, and Personal
Development at the Reflections program which is part of the County
Office of Education´s Juvenile Court and Community Schools system.
The five new Teachers of the Year are now candidates for California Teacher of the Year.
Their announcement, by County Superintendent of Schools Randy Ward and
Cox Communications Senior Vice President Dave Bialis, concluded a wildly
emotional and enthusiastic awards show. The show, often likened to the
motion picture industry’s Academy Awards, ended with a prolonged
standing ovation for the new teachers of the year, as well as for the
students who had performed during the Salute production and returned to
the stage for the conclusion.
The black tie, live television production was sponsored by several
prominent businesses, in cooperation with the San Diego County Office of
Education. Ashford University was the title sponsor of the show for the
fourth consecutive year. Other major sponsors included Sycuan, Sony,
CNN, San Diego County Credit Union, Cymer, and National University.
The Salute was televised live by Ch. 4 San Diego. CNN news anchor Kyra
Phillips, an alum of Helix High, and Ch. 4’s Dennis Morgigno were the
show’s co-hosts. In the audience at Balboa Theatre was Phillips’ Helix
High journalism teacher, Jessica Patton, who has retired and now lives
The show will be replayed on Ch. 4 San Diego, and HD 704, Oct. 7 at 7 pm and October 15 at 8 p.m.
Before the new County Teachers of the Year were announced, 10 Teacher of
the Year finalists were introduced, one at a time, over the course of
the two-hour Salute to Teachers production. The other five finalists were:
- Erica Cox of Palmquist Elementary in the Oceanside Unified School District;
- Brad Fox of Potter Junior High in the Fallbrook Union School District;
- Darci Kimball of Castle Park High in the Sweetwater district;
- Connie Rodriquez of Willow Elementary in the San Ysidro School District; and
- Julie Harris of Willow Grove Elementary in the Poway Unified School District.