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Kings Honor County’s Top Teachers for 2023

District Teachers of the Year Recognized at NBA Game

Teachers of the Year posing on-court with mascot

Sacramento County educators took the spotlight at the Golden 1 Center Monday evening as thousands of fans cheered for the District Teachers of the Year 2023 during halftime at the Sacramento Kings/New Orleans Pelicans game. The “Salute to Educators” celebration recognized the educators’ hard work, dedication, and achievements while giving the community an opportunity to publicly celebrate Sacramento’s top teachers.

County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon joined the teachers on-court as they were congratulated by “Slamson,” the Kings mascot. Each teacher was presented with a personalized Kings jersey, emblazoned with their name and the number “23” (representing the year they were honored).

The Teachers of the Year received tickets to the game as part of the Sacramento Kings Foundation’s “Impact” series, meant to create awareness and positive change in the community by committing resources to health, education, and sustainability-focused organizations. The Sacramento Kings have generously partnered with SCOE to recognize the Teachers of the Year with a halftime ceremony every year since 1992.

About the 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.

Teachers waving to the crowd
Teachers being recognized on-court
Teachers posing with Kings cow bell
Sponsored by the Sacramento Kings Foundation

The Teachers of the Year received tickets and a unique on-court honor during halftime of an NBA game, thanks to the Sacramento Kings Foundation’s “Impact” series.