Education took center court at the Golden 1 Center as thousands of cheering fans helped recognize district Teachers of the Year 2018 on March 3. The teachers were honored at the Sacramento Kings/Utah Jazz game.
The two reigning Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2018, Jeff Zahniser (Culinary Arts teacher at Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School, Sacramento County Office of Education) and Rebecca Siegert McGill (AP English teacher and Senior Project Coordinator, Rosemont High School, Sacramento City U.S.D.), were among the sixteen honorees at center court.
The Teachers of the Year were treated to a pregame reception and prominently featured during a halftime ceremony and festivities. County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon congratulated the teachers on the basketball court as they carried specially made iron crowns presented by the Kings.
The Kings Salute to Educators Night 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.
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. This year, the program is presented by SCOE in partnership with the Sacramento Kings, the Sacramento River Cats, and the Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry. Information about the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year Program is available online or by calling (916) 228-2417.