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Kings Honor County's Top Teachers for 2019

District Teachers of the Year Recognized at NBA Game

Sacramento County educators took the spotlight at the Golden 1 Center last weekend as thousands of cheering fans helped recognize district Teachers of the Year 2019. The teachers were honored at the Sacramento Kings/Phoenix Suns game on March 23.

The two reigning Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2019, Michael J. Steele (AP calculus teacher at Franklin High School, EGUSD) and Brandon Parker (language arts and leadership teacher at Albert Einstein Middle School, SCUSD) were among the thirteen honorees.

The Teachers of the Year were treated to a pre-game reception and prominently featured during the game. The teachers held the flag during the National Anthem and participated in a game of Family Feud at halftime. During a ceremony between the first and second quarters, County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon, along with Kings President of Business Operations John Rhinehart, congratulated the teachers on the court as they were presented specially made iron crowns from the Kings organization.

The Kings “Salute to Educators” was part of the organization’s “Impact Night” series. The Kings Foundation uses the series to create awareness and positive change. It commits resources to health, education, and sustainability-focused organizations.

Sacramento County Teachers of the Year Program

The Sacramento County Teachers of the Year Program is coordinated annually by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) to recognize the achievements of local educators and to raise awareness of the valuable role that teachers play in the lives of their students and in the community.

Partners and Sponsors

Partners supporting the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year Program this year include Intel, the Sacramento Kings, the Sacramento River Cats, the Sacramento Republic FC, the Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry, and the SCOE School of Education.


Teachers of the Year 2019 posing on the Kings court

The Sacramento Kings honored the District Teachers of the Year 2019 with specially made iron crowns, presented during a halftime ceremony.

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