May 11 event celebrates exceptional teaching by recognizing San Diego County District Teachers of the Year, including 18 National University Alumni
San Diego, Calif. – In recognition of exceptional PreK-12 teachers, National University joins the San Diego Padres in honoring San Diego County teachers as the presenting partner of the Padres’ Annual Teacher Appreciation Night at their May 11 game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Petco Park.
During an on-field presentation, the Padres and National University will recognize San Diego County’s 46 newly-named District Teachers of the Year, as well as the reigning 2018 Teachers of the Year. 18 of the newly-named teachers are graduates of National University’s Sanford College of Education.
“We are thrilled to be recognizing the wonderful work being done by these outstanding teachers, and to celebrate their dedication to students,” said Dr. David Andrews, President of National University, who will greet the Teachers of the Year during the pre-game ceremonies. “We are committed to supporting the professional development of teachers, and we are pleased to have this opportunity to celebrate our exceptional alumni and others who have been selected to represent the best of San Diego County.”
During Friday’s game, National University will be hosting teachers and educational leaders who are alumni of its Sanford College of Education, which is known for its commitment to quality teaching, as well as its prominence in serving a diverse student population. Over the past 20-plus years, more than 100 National University alumni throughout the state of California have been recognized as teachers of the year at the local, state and national level. The University will also host a live broadcast on its Facebook page during the event, featuring Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman and National University alumni who’ve earned the honor of Teacher of the Year.
“We are pleased to once again join National University in celebrating and thanking our outstanding teachers for their dedication to the success of our students,” said Padres general partner Peter Seidler, who was named keynote speaker for National University’s May 19 commencement ceremony in Petco Park. “Education is a pillar of the Padres Organization’s commitment to the community.”
In addition to its teacher education programs, National University is also supporting ongoing teacher development through its role leading the national expansion of two research-based programs that address student development and achievement. The programs are Sanford Harmony (PreK-6), a social emotional learning program for PreK-6 classrooms now reaching more than 1 million students, and Sanford Inspire (PreK-12), which offers training modules that feature research-based teaching approaches to create inspiring classrooms. Both programs are being disseminated nationally through National University and the National University System, and with the generous support of philanthropist and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford.
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Founded in 1971, National University is among the largest, private, nonprofit universities in California. With more than 165,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Four schools and two colleges – the College of Letters and Sciences; the Sanford College of Education; the School of Business and Management; the School of Engineering and Computing; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies – offer more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 23 teacher credentials. Programs are offered at locations throughout California and across the nation, and are also available online. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California. http://www.nu.edu/