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Congratulations 2022-23 County Teachers of the Year

Stephanie Cluxton, Torrey Hills School
Melissa Rains, Castle Park Middle School
Aimee McCoy, Mesa Verde Middle School
Juanita Nunez, Ocean View Hills, Sunset, Smythe, Willow, La Mirada Elementary
2022-2 County Teaches of the Year

Congratulations 2022-23 County Teacher of the Year Nominees

Five Teachers to be Named “San Diego County Teachers of the Year” at 32nd annual “Cox Presents: Salute to Teachers” on Aug. 26


"I touch the future. I teach.” That’s how social studies teacher and astronaut Christa McAuliffe once explained why she chose a career in education.


Teachers have many reasons for why they teach but they all have one common denominator—what they do in their classrooms impacts the world. To say their jobs are important is a drastic understatement. That’s why the San Diego County Office of Education teams up with Cox Communications and longstanding title sponsor San Diego County Credit Union every year for “Cox Presents: Salute to Teachers," brought to you by San Diego County Credit Union.


“SDCCU is proud to support this outstanding awards event celebrating the extraordinary work of teachers and educators who impact our community and students,” said SDCCU President & CEO Teresa Campbell. “As the presenting sponsor of Salute to Teachers, we recognize all teachers for their hard work and commitment to education and shaping the future of today’s youth.”


Food Network personality and San Diego Magazine owner Troy Johnson, who grew up in Poway, returns as this year’s host. 


The annual event, which began in 1990 and is televised by Cox as a public “thank you” to local educators, celebrates the county’s 24,000-plus public school teachers. Supporting local education is an important part of the legacy left behind by Cox Communications’ founder James M. Cox, who was a teacher early in his career.


“As a former teacher, our founder strongly believed in supporting local education, and it’s a commitment our company continues to make in our community,” said Ingo Hentschel, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Communications. “Cox is proud to partner with the San Diego County Office of Education once again to celebrate San Diego County’s public school teachers and recognize their unwavering commitment to their students.”


“Cox Presents: Salute to Teachers” is a special evening taking place on Friday, Aug. 26 that includes student performances, inspiring stories and recognition of the county’s 40 local teachers chosen by their districts as “Teacher of the Year” and who are also nominees for 2022-23 San Diego County Teacher of the Year. Five nominees will be named a County Teacher of the Year at the end of the night. They’re selected based on student achievement, professional development, and school community involvement, among other criteria.


“Salute to Teachers is one of the most exciting and important events of the year because it’s an opportunity to honor the extraordinary efforts of San Diego County teachers,” said County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. “We are thrilled to once again partner with Cox Communications and San Diego County Credit Union to celebrate teachers and highlight the indelible impacts they have on students across the county.”


The announcement of the five teachers of the year will be one of the many highlights from the evening that will air at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2 as a one-hour television special produced by Cox Communications’ YurView Network (Cox Channel 4).


The five teachers selected will represent the region as candidates for California Teacher of the Year. For more details about the event, visit

32nd annual “Cox Presents: Salute to Teachers” on Aug. 26
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