Phillies announce 2015 Teacher All-Stars to be honored on Friday

Teacher Appreciation Week culminates with Phillies honoring area's Top 10 Teacher All-Stars

The Phillies are honoring the area's Top 10 Teacher All-Stars who have gone above and beyond in the classroom on Friday, May 8, during Phillies' Teacher Appreciation Night presented by Think Energy and GDF SUEZ Energy Resources at Citizens Bank Park. The on-field recognition will take place before that night's 7:05 p.m. game against the New York Mets.

The Top 10 Teacher All-Stars, along with their nominators, will be presented with a plaque in honor of their achievements. The Teacher All-Stars will also dance with the Phanatic in the 7th inning. In addition, a special ticket offer (theme night ticket required) is available for teachers, along with their students and families, attending that night's game. Those who purchase this special ticket offer and show their school ID will receive a Phillies Teacher Appreciation Night ballpark cup.

The 2015 Teacher All-Stars honorees are:

Hope Bova, Walnut Elementary School - Darby, PA

William Cain, Wissahickon Middle School - Ambler, PA

Tammy Cantagallo, John M. Patterson School - Philadelphia, PA

Jenny Christmas, Good Intent Elementary School - Deptford, NJ

Amanda Dicks, Central Bucks East High School - Doylestown, PA

Mark Enders, Monongahela Middle School - Sewell, NJ

Mike Heiman, The Y.A.L.E. School - Audubon, NJ

Christine Hindman, East Bradford Elementary School - West Chester, PA

Natalie Tidmarsh, The Overbrook School for the Blind - Philadelphia, PA

Edward Trautz, Pennsauken High School - Pennsauken, NJ

Read the winning essay nominations here:

For the past 15 years, the Phillies have been honoring the great teachers in the region with their annual Teacher All-Star contest, presented by Think Energy and GDF SUEZ Energy Resources. Each year, the Phillies ask students and adults to nominate teachers who have had an extraordinary impact on their lives. The contest is a great way for those who submitted nominations and the Phillies to say "thank you" for the hard work and dedication that teachers display on a daily basis.

"The response to this year's Phillies Teacher All-Stars contest was overwhelming, with over 1,000 nominations submitted by students, parents and peers," said Mary Ann Moyer, Director, Community Outreach. "It's a true testament to the positive impact that teachers have on the lives of students. We look forward to honoring these teachers, and the many more, who have gone above and beyond in the classroom."