Music teacher Jay Posteraro, who works at Mesa Verde Middle School in Rancho Penasquitos, was surprised by Poway Unified School District Superintendent John Collins Wednesday morning in his classroom, who let him know he was one of three District Teachers of the Year.
Collins was joined by board members Andy Patapow and Marc Davis, as well as Poway Federation of Teachers President Candy Smiley and last year's Teachers of the Year: Anthony Bayro, Megan Power and Martin Reisert.
Posteraro has taught at Mesa Verde Middle School for his entire 19-year career, mentoring close to “3,500 young musicians” in his tenure.
Back in 2011, the Mesa Verde band was invited to participate in the Heritage Festival of Gold, a prestigious national band competition, as the only middle school. The students received the highest overall score in this competition and were invited to play at the encore concert at Chicago Symphony Hall, where they received a standing ovation. The city of San Diego had a day named in their honor.
“It was the crowning moment of my teaching career,” Jay said in a press release.
Posteraro also performs in numerous musical groups throughout San Diego and is the Pep Band Director for the University of San Diego.
Posteraro shares the honor of being a District Teacher of the Year with Heather Smith, who teaches Pre-Kindergarten at Willow Grove Elementary in Del Sur and Kerry Azaira, a second-grade teacher at Pomerado Elementary in Poway.