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2016-2017 “Teachers are Heroes” Recipients Honored at Storm Stadium Celebration

The 2016-17 Teachers are Heroes recipients were honored at the Lake Elsinore Storm Stadium on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, during the fourth annual “Teachers are Heroes” award ceremonies.  The Lake Elsinore Storm hosted the end-of-the-year celebration and provided tickets to the winning teachers, students and their families.

The evening celebration began with a pre-game presentation ceremony on the field.  KATY DJs Bob Madden and Mamma Mia thanked the following participants:

  • Azusa Pacific University (APU) for sponsoring and partnering with KATY on the “Teachers are Heroes” promotion.
  • The Pizza Factory in Temecula for providing pizza parties throughout the entire school year.
  • MVP Studio, the leader in innovative photography services, for the teacher’s plaques.
  • Lake Elsinore VIP Florist, for the beautiful flower arrangements.
  • Lake Elsinore Storm for hosting this special event.

Madden and Mia congratulated the 2016-17 Teachers are Heroes recipients:

  • September: Adrienne Van Wagoner, Dartmouth Middle School, Hemet
  • October:  Chris Bylin, Tomas Rivera Middle School, Perris
  • November: Nicole McManaman, Estudillo Elementary School, San Jacinto
  • December/January: Anthony Bissot, Bell Mountain Middle School, Menifee
  • February: Chris Passafume, Monte Vista Elementary, Murrieta
  • March: Sandra Turner, Diamond Valley Middle School, Hemet
  • April:  Tyson Cleveland, Chaparral High School, Temecula

Dr. Ricard Barsh, APU Assistant Professor, School of Education, gave a special tribute to the “exceptional” teachers.  The teachers were presented with a special recognition plaque, flowers, and a Nike duffle bag.

Teachers are Heroes is sponsored by APU and KATY-FM 101.3, The Mix.  The Teachers are Heroes recognition program is a way for parents, students, and the community to show their appreciation to a teacher who has played a special role in a student’s life.  The kick-off for the 2017-18 Teachers are Heroes program will begin August 2017.

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