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Sacramento River Cats Salute Top Teachers

Teachers of the Year Honored During Pre-Game Ceremony at April 26 Game

District Teachers of the Year posing

Sacramento County District Teachers of the Year with Intel representatives.

Sacramento County's District Teachers of the Year 2013 were honored at Raley Field on Friday, April 26, during a special on-field ceremony prior to the Sacramento River Cats/Salt Lake Bees baseball game. This is the seventh year that the Sacramento River Cats have recognized the Teachers of the Year.

The reigning Sacramento County Teachers of the Year, Jennifer Ellerman, who teaches 7th Grade Language Arts at California Middle School, in the Sacramento City Unified School District, and Bob Crongeyer, who teaches 5th-6th grade GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) at Taylor Street School in the Robla School District, North Sacramento, threw out a ceremonial first pitch to River Cats player Conner Crumbliss.

After the start of the game, the River Cats hosted District Teachers of the Year and their guests to a reception. The teachers received words of praise from Sacramento County Deputy Superintendent Sue Stickel and Tony Asaro, River Cats Vice President of Community Relations.

Leroy Tripette, Education Manager for event sponsor Intel Corporation, congratulated the teachers and thanked them for their dedication to children and families. Mr. Tripette presented each teacher with a special gift bag courtesy of Intel.

On March 8, the Teachers of the Year were honored in a special on-court ceremony during halftime of the Sacramento Kings/Phoenix Suns game. Teacher Appreciation Night at Sleep Train Arena was sponsored the Chrysler Group. At a special dinner on April 16, the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year were also honored by the Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry.

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.

Information about the program is available online or by phoning the Sacramento County Office of Education at (916) 228-2417.

Jennifer Ellerman and Bob Crongeyer posing with River Cats mascot

Jennifer Ellerman and Bob Crongeyer threw out ceremonial first pitches.

Fireworks behind Raley Field scoreboard

Following the game, teachers were treated to one of the River Cats' post-game Fireworks Nights.