Three teachers have gotten the top nod from San Diego Unified School District: Lili Reeves, John Rick and Theodosia Ballard. The trio are the district’s 2008 Teachers of the Year, eligible to apply for the San Diego County Teacher of the Year award that could lead to acclaim as the National Teacher of the Year.

Reeves teaches Advancement Via Individual Determination, a college preparation class aimed at average-achieving disadvantaged students, at Madison High School in Clairemont, where she graduated high school, completed her student teaching, and has now taught for a decade. Rick is a former engineer who teaches algebra and geometry at Marshall Middle School in Scripps Ranch. And Ballard teaches fifth grade at Porter Elementary School in Lincoln Park.

A press release issued by the district included the following quote:

“These three are outstanding examples of the talented and dedicated professionals we have in the San Diego Unified School District,” said Dr. Terry Grier, district superintendent. “Each one has affected their students’ lives in a different way, and has helped them along their road to becoming a productive adult.”

Reeves, Rick and Ballard will be honored at the Day of the Teacher Celebration at De Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., from 4:30pm to 6:30pm Tuesday, along with more than 150 Teachers of the Year selected by their individual schools.

EMILY ALPERT

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