Teachers are Heroes

Presented by Azusa Pacific University San Diego Regional Campus


About Teachers Are Heroes
This year, the Azusa Pacific University’s Teachers are Heroes Award celebrates 17 years of recognizing dedicated and inspirational Public, Charter  and Private Elementary School Teachers across San Diego County.  San Diego County has 780 schools and 120 charter schools, 42 school districts serving more 500,000 students. In all, there are more than 26,000 public school teachers throughout the County. And only 12 will be recognized as the Azusa Pacific University’s Teachers Are Hero Award recipient in 2017/18. Every year, more than 150 nomination letters are submitted to the Selection Committee.  Each letter is carefully reviewed utilizing a criteria on how a teacher displays inspiration, enthusiasm, service and is respected by students, teachers and colleagues and parents. When a teacher is selected, with the help of the San Diego County Office of Education, representatives of Azusa Pacific University and the radio station will make a formal “surprise” presentation to our honored teacher.


For our Teachers & Students
As an appreciation, each honored Teacher receives the following:  a gift card to purchase school supplies for their classroom; a classroom lunch party provided by Sombrero Mexican Food, and an end-of-school year Teacher celebration featuring more than 800 students from across San Diego County at LEGOLAND California Resort. 


Nominate a Public, Charter or Private School Teacher today. To nominate a teacher, use this form and submit the entry form. Let us know in 500 words or less why the teacher you are nominating is a hero; how he or she inspires students in and beyond the classroom, exemplifies excellence and motivates and challenges students to excel. You can also mail an entry, submitting the form information to, "Teachers Are Heroes, Entercom San Diego, 9665 Granite Ridge Dr. San Diego, CA 92123. (To comply with Federal guidelines, we ask that you please have a parent or legal guardian fill out and submit this form if you are 17 years of age or younger.) Read our Privacy Policy here.


Azusa Pacific University San Diego Regional Campus
Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California and here at the San Diego Regional Campus in Mission Valley for local convenience. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education featuring bachelor’s completion programsmaster’s degrees, and teacher credentialing.  The San Diego regional campus focuses on programs that are tailored to the needs of adult learners. If you are seeking a San Diego university with a personal touch, consider the San Diego Regional Campus home of APU. 


Azusa Pacific University continues to be recognized annually as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.  For more information, call (619) 718-9655 or (877) 210-8839.  Email - sandiego@apu.edu Anytime on-line at: apu.edu/sandiego/


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Teachers Are Heroes - Susan Bruner

Congratulations to Susan Bruner , 6th Grade educator from San Miguel Elementary, recipient of our "Teachers Are Heroes" award!
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Teachers Are Heroes - Erica Casiano

We're celebrating Erica Casiano , Kindergarten educator at Jonas Salk Elementary in San Diego!
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Teachers Are Heroes - Alana Howell

We are honored to present our first 'Teachers Are Heroes' award recipient for the 2017-18 school year, Alana Howell from Mission Estancia Elementary in Encinitas.
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'Teachers Are Heroes' LEGOLAND Celebration

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, the Entercom San Diego stations along with LEGOLAND® California Resort, hosted the annual 'Teachers Are Heroes' Award celebration. The event was attended by all of our honored educators for the 2016-17 school year, along with their families and the families of their...
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