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Sacramento County’s Top Teachers Honored by River Cats

Teachers of the Year Honored at May 1 Game

Michelle Bebout, Adam Sonabend, and Jennifer Walker

County Teachers of the Year Michelle Bebout and Jennifer Walk​er with River Cats Catcher Adam Sonabend. Walker threw a ceremonial first pitch prior to the game.

A sellout crowd at Raley Field cheered as the Sacramento River Cats paid tribute to the 2015 Sacramento County Teachers of the Year in a pre-game ceremony on May 1.

The reigning Sacramento County Teachers of the Year, Michelle Bebout, who teaches a 9th through 11th grade English at Casa Roble High School in the San Juan Unified School District, and Jennifer Walker, who teaches English and AP English at both Clarksburg Middle School and Delta High School in the River Delta Unified School District, were among the honorees. Walker threw a ceremonial first pitch.

After the ceremony, the River Cats hosted honorees and their guests to a reception where the teachers received praise from Sue Stickel, Sacramento County Deputy Superintendent, and Marty Martinez, Director of SCOE's Beginning Teacher Support & Assessment (BTSA) program. Also on hand to thank and recognize the teachers was Dr. L. Steven Winlock, Executive Director of the SCOE School of Education, which served as the event sponsor.

This is the ninth year that the Sacramento River Cats has recognized the area's top teachers with an evening dedicated to the Teachers of the Year.

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.

Sacramento County Teachers of the Year standing in a River Cats suite

Teachers of the Year 2015 were treated to a reception hosted by the River Cats and the SCOE School​ of Education.